Hi guys, this is the final version of INNOVATE and i want your honest opinion before i give the theme to the guy that will code it, be as critical as you can because if you wont, Themeforest will definitely be. The only things that will change in the theme are the pictures and some of the text. The hand icon present in the screenshots is for the "mouse over state", thanks for your help.
I'd make this a bit more spacious. especially margin-left is cramped now. Might be a nice idea (which breaks the grid as well) to make the semi-transparent black background overflow the left white border with say 5 px. So ~15 px in total the left. Also increase margin top and bottom a bit. It's one of your most important teaser areas: make it stand out.
I'm ambivalent on this but you might consider the familiar bullets indicating which teasers are displayed and how much are present. In this case multiple bullets would light up. (say 4 out of 10) . Better ux (user doesn't have to ask himself how many projects are still coming on the auo-rotating (?) carousel
I read in some of the contents that you wanted to have some special jquery effects to make it standout. Perhaps a nice progressive enhancement technique would be to put a css3 animation on this flipping the card to display the overlay. (when not supported it does the overlay as you display it here) see: http://css3playground.com/flip-card.php for example.
'how it works' has 4 teasers (call to actions? ) below, but only images. Of course on mousover, your getting the details. Perhaps you might want to think about the option of letting customers using the template to define 1 line of text before rollover. Perhaps also as a semi-transparent overlay. (also from a seo standpoint)
depending on how you envision it, #comments might be more important than date. Especially when the company wants to use a blog as an instrument of engagement (which they should want) #comments can be a reason to check out a blogpost again. If so, displaying that more prominently might help
consider having a 'subscribe to newsletter' widget. The ideal place would be below a just read article (at which time users are highly likely to be engaged) . Also (as you mentioned you wanted jquery goodies) consider having a 'suggested next article' overlay pop-up at the bottom right of the screen when users have scrolled down and reached the end of the post
I really like your template. I find nothing to say in the running, it's clean, clear, well organized, you took into account the details, it's nice to watch, read ... I love the combination of colors, sober, which corresponds to the area of business activities. In short, with my little experience on ThemeForest, if your site is very well coded (This now they are very demanding in this regard), I think it will be accepted.
I put a few notes, just a personal opinion ...
There is just one element, but quite important: ThemeForest choose unique designs, iol seeks to diversify the offer to enrich their catalog and reach more people. Your template is not much different than templates already available on the platform. However, as the achievement seems very professional, it probably will fill the lack of originality.
Hoping this helps,