I read Ian Stewart’s WordPress Themes in 2012. I agree with his thoughts on themes have to get simpler. Most WordPress themes are created for the people that create a lot of WordPress installations. This makes it easier for them to do their installations. Most new users want a theme that is very easy to use.
Read the article and see what you think. I’m guessing since you’d be interested in reading the article, you will shrug it off as being ho-hum because you in fact are reading this article because your interested in themes.
Most users don’t care much about themes unless they are trying to install a new one. Let me know your thoughts.