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5 of the best custom, minimalist digital note-taking themes for Obsidian MD in 2022

If you want a fresh look for your Obsidian database and digital notes, check out these beautiful, custom Obsidian CSS themes.

Elizabeth Butler
Elizabeth Butler
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5 of the best custom, minimalist digital note-taking themes for Obsidian MD in 2022
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Hi friends! If you’re just getting started with using Obsidian MD for personal knowledge management, or if you’re revising your digital note-taking system, you might be looking for a way to make Obsidian look a little more custom and polished.

Obsidian is a very powerful tool for building your personal knowledge management system– it's a wonderful personal knowledge management app. At the same time, Obsidian doesn't have quite the same aesthetic appeal as Notion or Bear Notes right out of the box.

If you want a fresh look for your Obsidian database and digital notes in 2022, check out these beautiful, custom Obsidian CSS themes. You can click through to the Github link for each to access theme documentation and download the files.

5 of the best minimalist digital note-taking themes for Obsidian in 2022

Obsidian Theme - Things (inspired by Cultured Code)

Created by: Colin Eckert - @colineckert
URL: https://github.com/colineckert/obsidian-things

Obsidian Theme - Minimal

Created by: Stephan Ango - @kepano
URL: https://github.com/kepano/obsidian-minimal

Obsidian Theme - Primary

Created by: Cecilia May
URL: https://github.com/ceciliamay/obsidianmd-theme-primary

Obsidian Theme - Red Graphite (inspired by Bear Notes)

Created by: @SeanWgamer
URL: https://github.com/seanwcom/Red-Graphite-for-Obsidian

Obsidian Theme - Notation (inspired by Notion)

Created by: Gordon Pederson - @death_au
URL: https://github.com/deathau/Notation-for-Obsidian

Where to find custom Obsidian themes

Obsidian MD Forum

Want to explore beyond these themes? The best place to search for themes is in the Obsidian forums. They’re an active community, filled with helpful users who are passionate about personal knowledge management apps and system. Check out this CSS themes showcase thread in the Obsidian forum to get started.

Meta Post - CSS Themes Showcase
Howdy! Welcome to the Obsidian Themes showcase, where you can share your theme with the community! If you have any commentary about the themes, I ask you to keep it to the pages made for the themes themselves. Makes it easier to browse this forum for others. USE THIS FORMAT FOR POSTING YOUR THEME…

Reddit

The Obsidian subreddit is also a good place to browse for recommended themes. Reddit users who are fans of Obsidian are keen to share and recommend their own preferred custom themes.

reddit.com: search results - theme
r/ObsidianMD: Official subreddit of https://obsidian.md

GitHub Roundup

Magnus Aasrud (@kmaasrud) (@kmaasrud) maintains an impressive, curated list of Obsidian themes (as well as plugins, templates, and other resources) over at Awesome Obsidian.

GitHub - kmaasrud/awesome-obsidian: 🕶️ Awesome stuff for Obsidian
🕶️ Awesome stuff for Obsidian. Contribute to kmaasrud/awesome-obsidian development by creating an account on GitHub.

How to install custom Obsidian themes

Looking for a step-by-step tutorial on how to install a custom Obsidian theme? Check out this helpful video and written tutorial guide to getting a custom theme or style setup and installed, from The Sweet Setup:

Quick Tip: Changing the Theme in Obsidian – The Sweet Setup
How to install and use a community theme to customize the interface in Obsidian.
Tutorial on installing custom Obsidian themes - from The Sweet Setup

PS - Feeling busy and overwhelmed? Organize your digital notes with the Calmer Notes method

Hi friend! 👋 If you're searching for custom digital note-taking themes for Obsidian, you might be the kind of person who's interested in personal knowledge management.

If you're a creative person who would like to create an intentional, mindful, flexible personal knowledge management system that fits your busy life, the Calmer Notes method may be the right fit for you.

I've created Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People based on my own two-decade experience of applying personal knowledge management in academia, consulting, and medicine. The Calmer Notes method will take you through the process of creating and maintaining a tailored, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management system to organize your digital notes and files.

This self-paced course (which includes digital book + workbook + PKM app database) is now available for purchase at Gumroad.

If you'd like to learn more, check out an overview of the Calmer Notes approach or visit Calmer Notes. You can also download your free seven-day plan to craft your personal knowledge system when you sign up for my newsletter.

Wishing you all the best on your personal knowledge management journey!

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