I thought Balzac was a wizard’s name. So when I forked and tweaked Cole Townsend’s Balzac for Jekyll theme I named it Fairytale. It’s a theme which is heavy on typography. I did little modification to the home page. But I took my liberty with the rest. Fairytale is my first theme for jekyll. I didn’t change the layout more than was necessary since I intend the theme to reflect Balzac in functionaliy.
- A few typographical eye candy
- Plus all inherited features from Balzac
- flexible, uses max-width for responsive goodness
- responsive drop down menu
- retina images using @2x
- post loop in the footer showing 3 latest posts
- custom portfolio page for case studies
- Install Jekyll if you haven’t already.
- Download this bad boy.
- Fork the Fairytale repo
- Twerk it out so it’s just for you.
Most of the variables found here are used in the .html files found in
_includes if you need to add or remove anything. A good place to start would be to change the title, tagline, description, and url of your site. When working locally comment out
url or else you will get a bunch of broken links because they are absolute and prefixed with `` in the various
_layouts. Just remember to uncomment
url when building for deployment or pushing to gh-pages…
Change your name, bio, Twitter url, email, Dribbble URL, etc.
Top Navigation Links
Edit page/post titles and URLs to include in the site’s navigation. For external links add
##The New in Fairyland
You can enlarge the initial letter by emphasizing it like this,
###Note on Typography
The body text is in
Stempel Schneidler Light Medium. The question mark
? is upside down. Just fix this by replacing each ? with
<span class = "question-mark">?</span>.
Most people don’t realize this, but this text is not in italic but in oblique type. There’s a big difference. Oblique text is rendered by the browser by slanting the original font. But italic is an entirely different typeface. If you want italic instead of oblique use
<span class = "nice-italic"></span>. Fairytale use
Palatino Linotype for italic.
The post heading and other sans text is in
Alte Haas Grotesk ( separate typeface for normal and bold text ). On smaller screens the enormous post heading in
100pt text might be too large and partly hidden. Although on smaller screens the fontsize automatically reduces to
50pt you might want set
display_title in you
post.md file to a smaller, more readable title.
If you look at the lower right corner of the webpage you’ll find a standalone quote there. You can set this in a post or page using
You can change the default quotation in the
_config.yml file using the variable
You can indent the first line of every paragraph by setting
indent: true in the yaml frontmatter.
To make the text centered use
poetry: true in the yaml frontmatter like this.
You can even combine both of them by,
Fairytale comes with support for mathjax, but only if you want it to. Add
mathjax: true like this,
The rest is just your average Jekyll config settings. Nothing too crazy here…
For the most part you can leave these as is since the author/owner details are pulled from
_config.yml. That said you’ll probably want to customize the copyright stuff in
footer.html to your liking.
Adding Posts and Pages
There are two main content layouts:
post.html (for posts) and
page.html (for pages). Both have large feature images that span the full-width of the screen, and both are meant for text heavy blog posts (or articles).
A good rule of thumb is to keep feature images nice and wide so you don’t push the body text too far down. An image cropped around around 1024 x 256 pixels will keep file size down with an acceptable resolution for most devices.
This makes the assumption that the feature image is in the images folder unless it has a link address. To add a feature image to a post or page just include the filename in the front matter like so.
You can “serve” images responsively with retina.js. All you need to do is have a file with @2x before the file type. That should be placed in the images folder. You literally don’t have to do anything other than that. 2 copies. One is linked. That’s it.
*There is a default feature image that will show up for and posts. It isn’t retina or anything. It’s just there in case you want one but forget <3
If you don’t want a feature image
…just say so in the front-matter. Go to your-post-name.md and make sure it has this guy up top.
In the sample
_posts folder you may have noticed
category: articles in the front matter. I like keeping all posts grouped in the same folder. If you decide to rename or add categories you will need to modify the permalink in
articles.md along with the filename (if renaming).
For example. Say you want to group all your posts under
blog/ instead of
articles/. In your post add
category: blog to the front matter, rename or duplicate
blog.md and change the permalink in that file to
If done correctly
/blog should be a page listing all the site’s posts.
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