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Gatsby Starter Portfolio: Emilia

Gatsby Starter Portfolio: Emilia is released under the 0BSD license. PRs welcome! Follow @lekoarts_de

Minimalistic portfolio/photography site with masonry grid, page transitions and big images. Themeable with Theme UI. Using the Gatsby Theme @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia.

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  • MDX
  • Fully customizable through the usage of Gatsby Themes (and Theme UI)
  • Light Mode / Dark Mode
  • Page Transitions
  • Masonry grid and focus on big images
  • Google Analytics Support
  • SEO (Sitemap, OpenGraph tags, Twitter tags)
  • Offline Support & WebApp Manifest

🚀 Getting Started

Deploy to Netlify Edit gatsby-starter-portfolio-emilia

  1. Create a Gatsby site.

Use the Gatsby CLI to create a new site, specifying this project

gatsby new project-name
  1. Start developing.

Navigate into your new site's directory and start it up.

cd project-name
gatsby develop
  1. Open the code and start customizing!

Your site is now running at http://localhost:8000!

If you want to learn more about how you can use a Gatsby starter that is configured with a Gatsby theme, you can checkout this shorter or longer tutorial. The tutorials don't exactly apply to this starter however the concepts are the same.

📝 Using and modifying this starter

Important Note: Please read the guide Shadowing in Gatsby Themes to understand how to customize the underlying theme!

This starter creates a new Gatsby site that installs and configures the theme @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia.

Have a look at the theme's README and files to see what options are available and how you can shadow the various components including Theme UI. Generally speaking you will want to place your files into src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia/ to shadow/override files. The Theme UI config can be configured by shadowing its files in src/gatsby-plugin-theme-ui/.

Adding a new project

New projects will be shown on the index page of this theme and can be added by creating MDX files inside content/projects. General setup:

  1. Create a new folder inside content/projects
  2. Create a new index.mdx file, and add the frontmatter
  3. Add images to the created folder (from step 1)
  4. Reference your desired images as your cover in the frontmatter
  5. Write your content below the frontmatter (optional)

Frontmatter reference:

cover: "./sean-foley-0JD7kvxAq0Y-unsplash.jpg"
date: "2019-09-10"
title: "Emilia"
  - Neon
  - Lights

The frontmatter alone is enough, if you'd like to add additional content you can do so by writing your content (as usual with MDX) below the frontmatter. It'll be displayed in the header of the project below the date and areas.

Changing the "About Me" text

Create a file at src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-emilia/texts/about-me.mdx to edit the text.

Changing the avatar

Place an image with the name avatar inside the folder content/assets (or your custom assetsPath which you defined for the theme).

Change your static folder

The static folder contains the icons, social media images and robots.txt. Don't forget to change these files, too!

🤔 Questions or problems?

Please open up an issue on the main repository: LekoArts/gatsby-themes. Thanks!

🎓 Learning Gatsby

Looking for more guidance? Full documentation for Gatsby lives on Gatsby's website.


  • To learn more about Gatsby themes specifically, we recommend checking out the theme docs.


🌟 Supporting me

Thanks for using this project! I'm always interested in seeing what people do with my projects, so don't hesitate to tag me on Twitter and share the project with me.

Please star this project, share it on Social Media or consider supporting me on Patreon or GitHub Sponsor!