The other day it crossed my mind that I’ve never given you a proper tour of my blog. So today, I am going to do just that. Or more specifically, talk about the basic features of my blog design: elements, fonts and colors.
All the blog designs I admire have some things in common, they are minimal, clean, easy to navigate, with big pictures and posts that you don’t have to click to read more. So, when it was time to designed my blog, I tried to keep in mind these words. I chose white as my main color. I have no top bar and hope everything else is easily accesible from the sidebar. I’ve also added a page navigation plugin and a related post plugin to improve the navigation. I keep my photos either 600×400 for landscape or 600×900 for portrait. These are the key elements of my blog design.
It all started when I first found out about dafont, a website where you can download (sometimes free) fonts. It has an option to donate money to the designer, if you wish, or pay for a licence, although there are fonts that are free to use even commercially. Since then, I’ve nurtured my love for typography and designed my header using one of the fonts named Minimal.
My favorites are Walkway semibold, Columna MT, Print Clearly, Basic title font and Bergamot Ornaments, which is the one I use to make this fancy lines (cheating, I know!). These fonts look very good combined with Arial and Georgia fonts. Which is your favorite font?
There are many color palettes for blog designs out there and you can find the perfect one for your blog or create one. As a rule you should use complementary colors and that’s what I tried to do.
Colorwise, I tried to be consistent with the clean and fresh design I wanted. Blues, pulples and greys for the header, some green and orange here and there. I could have also used a bright yellow or mustard yellow to make all the blues pop. Maybe for my next blog re-design?
What do you think?
ps. Topics from last year’s blogging series:
…and a preview of what’s included this year: