Do you know beautiful customizable Ph.D class files or "themes"?

I am really eager to find a nice "base" eye-candy Ph.D class that I could customize myself. I began my Ph.D BUT I don't want to waste too much time later so I want to choose now the structure and format/tex file type to some degree, so I am searching something like this:

1) Flexibility and some degree of customization.

2) Beauty.

3) Manual with the class type.

4) Maintenance. I don't want thesis .tex that are not supported. I found some issues in some older files with the TEX upgrade, so, I would prefer some .tex that don't use too specific "weird" packages. I need something "in the bottom" to add later the mathematical packages (maybe some typographic and/or language packages as well) in the top.

I was browsing the web but I could not find something that fit me. Suggestions?

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    Search for a template: LaTeX Templates by ShareLaTeX, LATEX: Beautiful Typesetting, LaTeX Templates.
    – osjerick
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 0:05
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    Have you seen Classic Thesis and clean thesis you may include the list of the ones you already assessed in your answer so we know what you are looking for...
    – Bordaigorl
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 0:05
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    all your specs add up to reading memoir or KOMA manuals and coming up with a custom thesis template.
    – percusse
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 0:24
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    Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis by Nicola Talbot demoed with scrreprt class part of koma-script is an excellent start point for Master or Ph.D Thesis writing. Off-topic: Beauty is already in the TeX Beast, so don't worry too much on it, focus on real Content to be able to defend your Ph.D work and more importantly adhere to your research school/University thesis guidelines not to get surprised by administrative hurdles at last min. Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 0:43
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    If you are trying to avoid wasting time later by sorting this out once and for all, forget beauty. You need to get the rules for formatting your thesis from your institution. If you are lucky, something like the maths department may have a style file. If you are less lucky, you will need to find something as close as you can and work from there. At least in the case of institutions I'm familiar with, your thesis simply won't be accepted if it does not conform to the rules. EDIT: Beaten to it!
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 0:44

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