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Watson: A classical magazine theme

By Andy Adams on November 13, 2012

Watson was inspired by the clean lines and bold strokes of a classical newspaper. From the typography to the uncluttered article view, we focused on bringing that clean and classic look to your website. Watson boasts a neatly organized front page layout, a myriad of in post styles, and the option to set your own custom accent color. It may be our finest magazine-style production yet.

Typographically pleasing

Liven up your content using Watson’s custom editor formatting buttons. 10 hand-crafted styles add polish and charm to your ever-so-important words.

Responsive (as always)

Every new theme from The Theme Foundry looks beautiful on every device; Watson is no different. As your screen narrows, Watson shapes itself to provide a great reading experience.


Place your posts in Watson’s featured slider or featured thumbnails section and your readers can focus on special articles they may have missed otherwise.

Read more and watch a video tour on the Watson theme page. Or, have a look at Watson on the demo site.


  1. Hans van Eijsden

    Nice and simple! I don’t need it because I use your beautiful Avid theme already, but I like it though. Keep up the good work! :)

  2. Jim Feeley

    Nice… I’m going to give Watson a try. You’ll get my money for this within a few hours.

  3. Mary Ann Gibbs

    Does Watson work with the new theme customizer? Looks good. I just might have to try it.

  4. Drew Strojny

    Thanks Mary! Glad to hear it. Yes, all of Watson’s customization options are available through the new theme customizer.

  5. Greg

    A couple questions.

    1. Is there a sidebar option for single blog posts and all pages.
    2. Is the footer widgetized or is just text-based?
    3. Is there a link to a page that brings clarity to the return policy?

    Thanks, Greg

  6. Scott Rollo

    Hi Greg!

    1. Not for blog posts, unfortunately. There is, however, a page template which includes the sidebar.
    2. Both footer areas are not limited to text — feel free to add any widget you like :)
    3. For any reason you’re unsatisfied with Watson, we will be happy to issue a full refund within 30 days. If you have any more questions about this, feel free to email us.

  7. Dominik Thali


    It seems pictures cannot have a caption? Really? That would be a pity.

    Thanks for your answer, Dominik

  8. Scott Rollo

    Good point, Dominik!

    You can add image captions; however, we didn’t include an example of this. We’ve made some changes to the demo site, feel free to take a look :)

  9. Dominik

    Well done, looks good. For me, I use to write captions under every image. I think, in this case, the caption under the image in the featured slider are not shown?

    Have a good time, Dominik

  10. Dominik Thali

    But the image which I want to have as the featured slider image cannot have a caption, I think?

  11. Jim Feeley

    Drew, Scott, et al,

    I bought Watson on Tuesday. I like the design, typography, and all. I think I can make it work. I have a couple brief thoughts. Should I post those here or should I send you an email?



  12. Drew Strojny

    Hi Jim!

    Glad to hear you’re liking Watson so far :)

    Regarding thoughts: Completely up to you. Email or the Help Center probably works best if you want to chat a bit back and forth with the team. Email is private (info at Help Center can be viewed by all customers.

  13. Dominik Thali

    Just purchased. Looks great, thanks. Whats the easiest way to translate it in german? Is the theme prepared to customize it with the CodeStyling Localization-Plugin?


    Other idea: It would be great to have a showcase of websites from Themefoundry-customers, this could be an inspiration.

  14. Scott Rollo

    Hi Dominik!

    I haven’t tested the Codestyling Localization plugin, so I’m not sure if it will work with Watson. But I recommend reading through our translation guide for files and instructions.

    We actually have a Customer Stories page. Take a look. Once your site is finished, feel free to submit your story :)

    If you have any more questions, be sure to ask us in the Help Center.

  15. Greg


    Does the theme offer unlimited sidebars? I would like to offer different sidebar content on the about page and speaking page etc. Thanks.

  16. Jennifer Boydstun

    Hi Greg! I know we ended up discussing this via email. Please be sure to let us know if you have any other questions :)

  17. Alexandra Wolfe

    Bought Watson yesterday and installed like a breeze ( and loving it.

    Hope I’m not being too dense when I ask how to do captions, as I’m still playing around with what I can (and cannot) do, in the visual editor – I’m use to manually inserting HTML. :D

  18. Scott Rollo

    Nice work, Alexandra! Your site looks awesome :)

    To add an image caption within posts, you’ll want to read through this tutorial about image settings. If you hit any issues, let us know in our Help Center.

  19. Andy Adams

    Thanks Christina – but it’s not really me :). Scott is the designer – he deserves most of the credit!

  20. Julian

    Can the typeface ones own head title – to replace Watson- be customised?

  21. Scott Rollo

    Hi Julian!

    Yes, you can customize this font. You can also upload a custom logo image to the theme header.

  22. Bex

    Just bought Watson and am playing around with the customisations …. I changed the fonts but want to change it back to the default font style and size … How can I do this?


  23. Timm

    Does the mobile version of this theme show Google calendars properly? I want my students to quickly access the calendar from their mobile devices. The free theme I am using does well except when it comes to the mobile calendar page, which is just an embedded Google calendar at 270px width.

    The page in question is:

    It renders fine on a regular bowser, but when viewing it on my mobile phone, the calendar stretches across the page.


  24. Drew Strojny

    Hi Timm!

    I ran a quick test on a page of the demo site using Web Inspector and your Google calendar appeared to work just fine in narrow views. I didn’t test it on an actual phone however, so I can’t be completely sure. I’d probably recommend just giving it a try to see if it works out for you. If you’re not happy we’re glad to give you a refund within 30 days.

  25. Timm

    Drew —

    Thanks for the quick reply. You have hit on exactly what is so puzzling. The site looks fine with a regular browser, but with any mobile browser (iOS or Android) the narrow width is not adhered to.

    I was just wondering if that was just an issue for all themes hosted through or just a bug in the standard mobile theme used for its free themes.

  26. Timm

    Drew — One final question. If Watson does not fit my needs, how would I get a refund since my site is hosted through I assume I have to purchase it through them.

    (Lastly, it’s definitely an issue with the mobile formatting for the free themes. I embedded a Google form for a brief class survey and it looks fine on a computer, but the form stretches beyond the typical width of the mobile theme in iOS Safari.)

    Thanks for your assistance.

  27. Drew Strojny

    Glad to help Timm! has a 30 day refund policy as well so that shouldn’t be an issue.

    You might also want to try disabling the default mobile theme on They have it turned on by default. If you’re using a responsive theme like Watson you won’t need it.

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