Hola - New Theme
Hola - so sassy.
This past weekend I made this new theme for the blog. The theme is based on the Ghost default theme "Casper". I called it "Hola" and yes I was inspired like that.
I wanted to do something... strong? no, unique? sure. But no, I wanted to do something punk or alike. And because I had no idea where to start, I asked my friend (a real designer) Guillermo and he immediately understood the idea.
Pinterest search for the fucking win. I mean, I used Pinterest before to look for other kind of stuff but never like this.
Guillermo sent me this link: Punk Poster Bold
That link made so much sense. Everything looked awesome, I wanted to make a hundred pages from these designers. Problem is, I couldn't picture anything like that applied to a blog.
So I sent Guille a message saying "this looks cool but i can't picture it in a blog"...
He replied with this image...
That applied and with a few changes —for instance, I preferred a light background, although I made a a dark-mode version for special occasions– looked like this:
It was clear that I should follow that pattern for the post. He even came out with a formula for the big letters:
First letter of the post title + first letter of the excerpt + date of the month truncated to one.
Making something like this:
The colors and shadows also came from the Pinterest search. Bright yellow-mustard, dark pink, long shadows.
Under the hood
I also took the opportunity to update Ghost from version 0.10 to 1.9 and have to say, there are some major improvements in here.
Because the use of ghost-cli, I had to change a lot of things in the system, including upgrading Ubuntu from 14.04 to 16.04 -- glad they required me to do that anyway.
In a nutshell, pretty happy with the result. Hope you enjoy it.
Of course, the template is in GitHub, although is not very reusable yet.
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