Gillian was originally designed with academic libraries in mind, but would work well for other institutions, organizations, or individuals who are interested in organizing and presenting large amounts of content in a logical, useful, and visually appealing manner.
The core features for Gillian include:
- Responsive design
- Accessibility ready
- Default header image included in theme
- Upload your own custom header image
- Upload your own custom background image
- Featured images (posts and pages)
- Default right sidebar layout
- Three-column template (left and right sidebars)
- Full-width template (no sidebars)
- Optional secondary menu
- Social media menu with Font Awesome icons
- Widgetized sidebars and footer
- Customizer color options
- Editor styling
Behind the Design
I began planning the design for Gillian with a quick look at how the layout would work at different screen sizes.
I knew from the start that I wanted Gillian to have room for multiple menus, a search bar in the header, and at least one sidebar. Although the above designs are very simple, they helped me begin to conceptualize the main content areas I would be including in the theme.
I then moved on to draft up some more detailed mockups. The following were put together in Adobe Illustrator. Click to view fullsize.
The finished product diverges from these mockups some, as I had the freedom to continue building upon my design throughout the coding process. For the most part I kept with the overall look-and-feel and color scheme. I did end up working on two additional templates to the one here: a full-width page version, and a three column version that includes a sidebar on the left as well as the right. I also created a custom header image that is provided by default with the theme, and can of course be removed or replaced.
Updates on Gillian
The queue for new themes in the WordPress theme directory is rather long. I’m also happy to have been able to include the accessibility ready tag for this theme, which will require a separate accessibility review, so time will have to be allowed for that as well. Keep an eye on this blog for more info about when Gillian is reviewed/made available for public download!