Just want to make a quick update regarding what is going on lately and I'm glad to let you know that a WordPress theme framework will be available to the public soon! I estimate that the theme will be available somewhere in January 2012, perhaps around my birthday
The theme framework is based on the popular 960 CSS grid system and will have by default 36 layout combinations to choose from, and this excluding the homepage.
It is not about re-inventing the reel but it's a natural conclusion I came to after deeply studying all available theme frameworks out there. I see that most of themes out there are having more and more custom (and most of the time not so well written) functions and things like SEO or page speed are put on second place in favor of some marketing for functions that are really no usefull for everyday WordPress user and all of them can be found as plugins if there's a need for them.
Off course, all of them are promoted as SEO ready but when it comes to a deeper check against Google policy and the way of how Google "read" and understand the source code, especially after the Panda update, they all kinda fail the tests.
When it comes to SEO nowadays it's mainly about the content quality and the writer, and this is overlooked in ALL themes out there. This framework will give you advices based on the content you write on each individual post or page and help you get in touch with similar content writers so you will be able to build natural links, targeted and with high importance!
Page load time and WordPress integration by utilizing core WordPress functions is another important aspect of the framework. By using it you don't need to feel like using another software then WordPress and be sure it will work on future updates. This is another thing you don't really find anymore in theme frameworks and what's funny for me is that most developers have their main marketing strategy based on this colorful theme control panels...
Anyway, the theme is in it's final testing phase and I cannot tell you more details about it until the official release, but I will gladly postpone the release date based on your suggestions on what would you like to have in a theme framework and do not see this in other themes.
Please feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions below and if you want to get notified when the theme will be public, subscribe to your mailing list in the sidebar.