Introducing Celeste

Celeste is a lightweight Jekyll theme that features a minimalist, content-first design. It places your content center stage and lets your readers view them in a clutter-free environment without visual distractions. It is based on Poole, the Jekyll butler, by @mdo.

Built on Poole

Poole is the Jekyll Butler, serving as an upstanding and effective foundation for Jekyll themes by @mdo. Poole, and all its derivatives (like Celeste) includes the following:

  • Complete Jekyll setup included (layouts, config, 404, RSS feed, posts, and a sample page)
  • Mobile friendly design and development
  • Easily scalable text and component sizing with rem units in the CSS
  • Support for a wide gamut of HTML elements
  • Syntax highlighting, courtesy of rouge

Celeste Features

In addition to the features of Poole, Celeste adds the following:

  • A design and structure with customizability in mind
  • A clean, unobstrusive top navigation bar
  • A landing page template for showcasing the most important content on your website
  • Optimized for compatibility with most reading tools such as Pocket, Instapaper and Feedly.
  • Subtle animations on UI elements that give visual feedback when interacting with the page
  • Over 500 scalable vector icons, courtesy of Font Awesome

Check out the README for more details.

Browser support

Celeste is by preference a forward-thinking project. In addition to the latest versions of Chrome, Safari (mobile and desktop), and Firefox, it is only compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and above.


Celeste is developed on and hosted with GitHub. Head to the GitHub repository for downloads, bug reports, and features requests.