At the end of last month, I decided to change up the theme of my site a bit. Anyone who knows me understands that I am extremely discerning when it comes to the design elements of my blog. Every detail counts, and at the same time, I wanted to have something that was uniquely me.
In surfing around looking for something I liked, I came across Ghostwriter which has some cool visual elements. However, I wasn't 100% sold. The theme I was currently using was Seth Lilly's Vapor theme, which I had stuck with for just under 2 years because it was a visually clean layout and let my writing be the center of attention. Despite my love of Vapor there were some things that I had wanted to tweak that were beginning to wear on me: sizing of the content column in desktop view, how the content displayed on the main homepage, and other relatively minor (to some) things.
After some mental back-and-forth with myself, I decided to combine both themes' visual elements that I enjoyed to get something truly unique. After some tweaking, I came up with Jaffa, named after the color orange used in as the main accent color. Since I'm such a stickler for beautifully integrated color palettes, I decided to use Pantone colors, courtesy of their online color picker.
In deciding to create my own theme, I also choose to put it on a Github repo for others to tweak as their heart desires. The theme keeps the original MIT license provided in Vapor, so you're free to hack it and use it as you need.