Templates for iA Writer

I write a lot. Not only essays, but notes, poetry, books, technical documentation, discussions, and proposals at work. The things I write are usually in Markdown because it’s one of the quickest and best Markup languages that exist.

You don’t need any tools besides a simple text editor to write Markdown, but it helps to have a nice Markdown writing app. For me, this app is iA Writer since the day it was released. I like its simplicity, minimalism, and its powerful writing tools (focus, syntax, or style modes).

iA Writer supports preview templates and besides the included templates they offer additional templates. When you write on one side of the app your Markdown, you can see it presented in a pleasant formatted form on the other side.

Recently, I finished the book Engaging Japanese Philosophy: A Short History, which was set in beautiful typography.

On a Sunday morning, I decided to create a prototype based on the typesetting of this book in CSS. It had interesting challenges and I did it for fun.

iA Writer Template Nanzan

Later that week, I decided to create my first iA Writer template based on that style. I called the template Nanzan (南山) because the book was typeset by the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture. The template is free, and you can download the code as a ZIP archive and double-click the .iatemplate file.

Nanzan

iA Writer Template Nanzan on GitHub


iA Writer Template Shibui

After I finished my first template, I decided to create my second template immediately, based on the aesthetic style I used for my branding. I called it Shibui (渋い) because that is the style I based my design on.

Shibui

iA Writer Template Shibui on GitHub

Both templates come with a light and dark design, and I’ll improve them, probably over time. To check up on changes, feel free to watch the GitHub repositories. If you find any issues, please open an issue on the corresponding repository.