In designing this site Suzannah and I sat down and talked a lot about what we wanted it to look like. We wanted it to be clean, fun, and have bright colors. We wanted to edge away from anything too “girly” and give a sense of Portland to the site.
We talked about some sites that we really liked the look of:
—A Beautiful Mess for its clean layout, large photos, and great color scheme.
— The English Department for its static front page that isn’t too busy.
— Moorea Seal for its great use of a color scheme (hello ombre) and overall awesome Pacific Northwest feel.
I went through a lot of header ideas:
And, finally… the banner that fits on the top of the site today:
The rest of the site uses the same color scheme throughout. It also has clearly labeled buttons, a lot of white space, and HUGE photos. So far it is just what I was hoping for in the Portland Bloggers website. Of course, I get bored easy…so, changes to the site are always on the table.
Thank you for stopping by! Stop back in tomorrow to see the original photos (donated by a Portland blogger) that were used in the creation of the above banners.
What things were important to you in designing your blog? What is your biggest challenge with your blog design?