When I first discovered Jekyll, I wasn’t quite sure where to start. In looking for previously established themes, I came across Single Paged. I really liked the layout, and appreciated the ease of choosing colors. I wanted to make it my own, though, so I used that project as way to get familiar with Jekyll.
I ultimately ended up using this template for my personal site, until I decided I needed several pages, for projects and writing and other things. This theme still remains one of my favorites.
*folio is a simple, portfolio+blog+personal landing page theme built for Jekyll, a static website generator originally geared for GitHub project pages. It was my first foray into creating themes—something I quickly found a passion for. The problem of creating something that works for many scenarios as simply and elegantly as possible is addicting.
For this project, I wanted to combine a personal blog with a portfolio page, and wanted two separate layouts for that. I also wanted a simpler listing for my poetry, which I was able to easily import from Tumblr straight into markdown entries for Jekyll.
I started with the original install of Jekyll, cleaned it up, whitened it up, and made the focus white space, subtle transparencies, and Helvetica.