What's a colophon?
Technical info about this site and its production.
In printed works a colophon is often a section or statement that provides information about its authorship and printing. In other words, it's a place to give credit to the various people and tools that helped you bring the thing to life.
From my understanding, colophons either originated or were most popular in the 15th and 16th centuries, and according to Dictionary.com they mostly consisted of: "giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication." These days, however, us hipster types have revived and co-opted them to give credit to just about anything or anyone we think deserves credit.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, I honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. I acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, I acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
This website provides me with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for consuming the content of this site, made in majority on Treaty 7 territory.
This site is built using Grav, a modern, open-source, flat-file CMS. While I started the development myself, I got a nice big boost in development from Flat File Developer, which I am very thankful for (and may need to reach back out again)! The theme is a child of the premium Grav theme, Typhoon, which has been customized enough it's basically it's own thang now.
I've learned my lesson over the years and won't open myself up to vulnerabilities by telling you exactly what I'm using on the site. If you're interested in building a similar site, though, reach out on social media to chat!
Web pipeline & tools
- Atom for web development
- NPM JS
- Mac Terminal for builds, monitoring, installations
- Transmit for FTP
- Pinegrow for quick layout experiments (especially before I launched with Grav)
- Trello for tracking and squashing bugs and other bits of jobs to be done
- Figma for mocking things up before making them, or for the developer
- Grammarly for helping me not be dumb
- Scrivener for copy writing before it's all editing or ready for sharing
- Scapple for mindmapping
- HypeFury for scheduling of social media posts in advance formats
I'll try and update this list periodically when something helps me out.
Main packages & frameworks
Similar to the plugins, I won't mention everything because I think that would be silly, but I will mention these:
- TailwindCSS is my current favourite framework for building design systems on top of
- Laravel Valet completely replaced Mamp for me and is just so much easier
The main fonts used right now are:
I admit to usually being heavier on font use. Considering I plan on making content for Mörk Borg I imagine that will start to make an appearance around here, too. I think for now it was just too low value to try to add fonts to the website.
- Communities like TTRPG Rising
- Brian Liddell wrote this tutorial on adding Tailwind CSS to a Kirby site that I have referred to for multiple web projects now despite using Grav and it was very helpful
- The TailwindCSS docs are always great, though I am finding I need them less these days!
- The Grav CMS docs are... OK. I really hope they start to gear more of them towards non-developers.