Jekyll theme - Isla
April 03, 2019
Ever since switching from Ghost about a year ago I’ve been using a (admittedly lovely) 3rd party theme, which was a departure from my prior experience of designing my own site themes for Ghost (and before that both Wordpress and my own custom blog solution). I’m not a huge fan of working with HTML/CSS (or theming in general), but I do get a certain sense of satisfaction from creating and running my own designs.
Since a year is now approaching of Jekyll+Github Pages I felt it was finally time to create a new design I was happy with using. The result is a theme I call ‘Isla’.
The name is an homage to the character Isla, a character from the anime Plastic Memories. The colour palette focuses on off-white and blacks, with muted red, blue and turquoise highlights; the palette itself is derived from Isla’s character design as well as the Plastic Memories logo design. The highlights are almost just flecks of colour in a dominating muted greyscale theme.
Font choice is
Jura, as I was looking for a readable font that focused on straight lines while keeping smooth corners,
again to resemble the font design used in the Plastic Memories logo.
The layout utilises the popular & well received page with left-sidebar format, with practically all layout handled by bootstrap 4. Syntax highlighting is of course also included, along with Disqus comments integration.
I’m quite happy with the overall result; a bright, clean theme that doesn’t burn the eyes; with consistency across all pages and simple navigation.
You can find the theme here on github: http://github.com/galaco/isla