My experience with websites is usually building them from scratch with ( typically using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and Sass), but I'm trying to put together a site for a friend of mine that will allow him to edit and update information, and hence my entry in the world of WP.
My question: what is the most straight forward and most maintainable way for me to create a fully customized site for him that will still maintain the ability for him to use the WP blog and edit features?
I was looking at an option like the Blank Slate from TidyThemes, but didn't know if it was a better idea to use a child theme instead. If I were to go the child theme route, are there themes designed to give a developer a blank canvas for design? I'm hoping to avoid picking a theme and then having to remove all of its styles, and also would like to keep some of the wild semantics I've seen to a minimum and allow for my own semantic class names etc.
Any advice or direction for getting started in this manner is much appreciated!