Template for a "personal canon" website page.
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.



Template for a “personal canon” website page.

Canonize is a simple, extensible framework for showcasing your “personal canon” — the most important, influential, formative texts and media in your life. It's intended to be added as a page to your personal website, to serve as a kind of library of highlights, a résumé of personal influences, a peek at the threads that have led to your work and way of thinking.

Read more about why I made the Canonize project here:

Canonize: Creating a Personal Canon Template

To make your own “/canon” page:

  • Make an awesome list of your canon items — see the “items” folder in this repo for an example of how I made mine (iteratively narrowing down from a massive list to a manageable one)
  • Fork, clone, or otherwise appropriate the files from the “website” folder in this repo
  • Edit the “index.html” page to include the items of your own canon, and optionally any category groupings you may want (each living inside the wrapper div with class="category" and id=“$YOUR-CATEGORY-SLUG”)
  • Select one of the three included CSS “theme” files, and modify to your heart’s desire until your canon page looks hype as hell
  • Add this page to your site using your preferred method of wrangling web files
  • If, in the course of editing, you run into any bugs in these files, or have suggestions for improving them, feel free to submit a pull request
  • When you’re done, I’d love to check out your canon! Feel free to contact me via https://www.brendanschlagel.com/

Canon Themes:

I made three starter themes, each a simple CSS files you can use for your canon page: Light, Dark, and Manuscript. I actually started with the latter, to match the design on my current site, and more recently added the light / dark themes as a fun design exercise. You can use these as a rough starting point and modify as much or as little as you like. Here’s what each looks like:

Example: Light Theme

Example: Light Theme

Example: Dark Theme

Example: Dark Theme

Example: Manuscript Theme

Example: Manuscript Theme

Massive credit to the following for personal canon inspiration:

Thanks as well to the following great examples of similar projects:

Have a “/canon” page of your own? Add to this list and submit a PR :)