I love learning about the process of designers and other creatives, so now that I’m having a go in the web graphic design world, I figured I’d give you a peek into my own process! My first big project for the Primp My Blog graphics shop was for Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. Jamie contacted me several months ago to ask if I did design work for others – her message was the little push I needed to finally put my plans into action!
I first explained to Jamie that rather than designing and coding her entire blog, I would design custom graphics for her and guide her through the process of installing them into the theme of her choice. Custom graphics can totally change the look of a blog, and are often a more economical choice, when compared to the cost of hiring a web designer. This option especially appealed to Jamie – she is an all-around DIY girl, so she would be able to easily switch out the graphics herself in the future if she ever chose to do so.
While she enjoyed her previous design, she wanted something that was a little less trendy and pink, and more simple and timeless. C.R.A.F.T. is a rapidly expanding blog, and Jamie is always adding new features and functions to her site, so she wanted a theme and design that would be super flexible and dynamic. Jamie chose to use the Suffusion theme, which is free and a very popular and well-reviewed choice for WordPress.org users.
After Jamie listed her wants and needs for her new design, she also shared with me some design inspiration from her favorite blogs. I knew she liked bright colors but lots of white, a fun design, and a little bit of a handmade touch. Here are the first few suggestions I came up with:
Jamie was immediately drawn to the bold fonts and colors in numbers 1 and 2, as well as the confetti in number 4 and the triangle shapes of number 1. A few adjustments later, round 2 was up for approval!
I tried out a few different fonts, styles of confetti, and color palettes in this round. Jamie liked the font in numbers 1 and 3 and wanted to see fewer confetti bits to simplify things.
We’re almost there! Now we debated the size of the tag line font, the color palette, and the spacing and shape of the confetti. Jamie decided to go with the triangle-shaped confetti because it was a bit more unique, and we also chose the bold, primary color palette. After a few more tweaks, we had out final design for C.R.A.F.T.!
Jamie chose a few more graphics to complete her blog’s new look! You can head on over to C.R.A.F.T. to see what we came up with, and you can visit the Primp My Blog shop to see how I can help give your blog a makeover. Want to win a custom design package for your blog? Stay tuned later today for a giveaway and coupon code!
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