One of my favourite trends in web design is the jQuery Masonry plugin. With this plugin, elements are arranged vertically and then horizontally (its creator describes it as the opposite of CSS floats), decreasing vertical gaps between elements of different heights.
The result is a unique and modern layout, as well as a cool animation when the container is resized and the elements are rearranged (you really need to check out the theme demos to understand exactly what I mean), making the jQuery Masonry plugin ideal for photography and portfolio sites.
To showcase this trend, I’ve chosen some of my favourite WordPress themes with jQuery Masonry effects, including some awesome free templates. These themes feature clean and minimalist designs, and they can all be used for portfolio and photography sites.
This masonry WordPress portfolio theme includes post format support, 2 custom widgets, localisation support, your choice of dark and light colour schemes, and much more.
This masonry WordPress template offers 3 base skin choices (transparent, light and dark), unlimited gallery pages, a dynamic Ajax category filter, a built-in contact form, and a separate portfolio section, making this a great theme for photographers.
This masonry WordPress theme includes the Visual Composer plugin, unlimited layouts, custom widgets, video support, jQuery enhancements, a full screen slideshow with 7 transition effects, and more.
This free masonry WordPress theme includes the PrettyPhoto lightbox, author pages, a minimalist design, and a clean layout.
This masonry WordPress template features 5 custom widgets, dark and light versions, shortcode buttons, an unbranded theme options panel, and much more.
This masonry WordPress template offers infinite scrolling, light and dark skins, Google custom fonts support, easy thumbnail images, a slideout sidebar, and lots of other cool features.
This free WordPress theme includes your choice of a dark or light colour scheme, an easy to use theme options panel, progressive enhancement, a widgetized sidebar, and more.
This masonry WordPress template offers a working contact form, unlimited colours and sidebars, a shortcode generator, 33 available fonts, and tons of other great features.
This WordPress theme has a more traditional homepage layout, and a portfolio page featuring jQuery masonry effects. It also includes 2 types of sliders, over 60 custom shortcodes, the PrettyPhoto lightbox gallery, and a full screen background image slideshow feature.
This WordPress template includes multiple shortcodes, custom widgets, an unbranded theme panel, your choice of 3 gallery styles, including masonry, carousel or slider, and lots of other awesome features.
This masonry WordPress theme offers a responsive layout, infinite scrolling, 8 background patterns, 10 predefined color schemes, Twitter and Google Maps integration, Nivo Slider, prettyPhoto, Uploadify, and more.