It’s been nearly a year since I’ve touched this weblog. The other day I started on a redesign — here it is so far.
For this redesign, I wanted to optimize for readability and approachability. The single-column layout is mostly unchanged from the early designs of last year. I switched to the familiar San Francisco and Gotham (via Hoefler & Co.) after trying a few other pairings.
If you’re interested, Josef Müller-Brockmann’s Grid Systems in Graphic Design, Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type, and Matthew Butterick’s Practical Typography are my favorite resources for grids and typography.
I like Jekyll because it really is a “simple, blog-aware static site generator.” Jekyll uses the Liquid templating engine to generate posts from markdown files. No database required!
Getting started with Jekyll is easy:
This Jekyll project is structured as shown below. Directories with underscores are compiled by Jekyll, and .scss files in /assets are compiled by Gulp.js.
This project is still a work in progress — I’ll continue to update this post as I make improvements or add new functionality. The backlog so far includes photo galleries, social sharing, header navigation, next and previous post, email subscribe, and more.