Happy Friday everyone!! You have NO IDEA how excited I am that it’s finally Friday and the weekend is finally upon us! Work has been a little less stressful, but not by much, so it’ll be nice to have a relaxing weekend with friends and family. And my books, of course! I realized the other day that I’m absolutely in LOVE with my blog design. I’ve already shared WHY I wanted to start a blog, but now it’s time to share with you the inspiration behind my blog design!
Before I officially started this blog, I tossed around a few ideas of its design. I wanted to have everything settled before I opened up for business! So I created a brand for my website. Since I started last September, I have made a few changes, since I have slowly evolved as a blogger and designer, but I’ve come to realize that I don’t really want to change anything about my blog design for a while!
My name is a reflection of who I am, so it’s important to think of a name that best shows my readers what my blog is all about. I named my blog “A Reader’s Journey” and I added another slogan underneath, “Through Life and Literature.” This is to show that my blog is typically a book blog, but I also explore my life and how my reading inspires me. I wanted my readers to feel like they were embarking on a literary journey with me. The name and slogan hopefully makes them feel like they are a part of my reading experience.
My favorite color is purple. Therefore, it became obvious to me that purple had to be incorporated into my blog design! I chose a deep, eggplant purple as my main blog color and picked out a nice coral for a contrasting secondary color. I picked them both out and wrote down their hex #s and RGB #s. This way, these colors remain consistent throughout all of my imagery and artwork.
When creating my current header, I wanted it to reflect me as a person and an artist. I love watercolor paintings, and it’s one of my favorite mediums to work with when I’m creating art. And, since the purple and coral are part of the fonts, I knew that I wanted a variety of watercolor splashes in my header. It’s a fun, fresh and colorful introduction to my blog, and I think it really represents who I am.
I created this banner in Photoshop, and Photoshop is absolutely one of the greatest tools I have ever used before. I have quite a bit of experience with Photoshop already as an artist and designer, so it was easy to transition into creating my own graphics for my blog! If there is one tool that you invest in as a blogger and website owner, it is definitely Photoshop!
The Featured Images
This is where my fonts come in. I went through a few options before officially choosing the best fonts that I love, and I think they are great options for me! The first is a more organic, handwritten font that is skinny and long, and it contrasts really well with my secondary font. This one is more modern and structured, and I just love the way they look together.
On my blog, I haven’t had the chance to switch around the fonts to match more of my blog brand, but I plan on doing that more at some point. Obviously, trying to find a free moment is a bit of a difficulty for me, but there are plenty of things on my to-do list!
Now, when it comes to my images, I do the best I can to take my own pictures. Whatever pictures I use that aren’t my own, I do my best either to give credit where credit is due or use royalty free, commercial photographs that don’t require credit or payment. I still haven’t completely pulled together my aesthetic through my images, but that is another thing I have added to my to-do list!
And that’s my blog design!
I really just wanted to explain myself and my blog design a bit so that you all can get a better understanding of my brand. Essentially, my blog is my brand and a representation of who I am as a person. So I wanted to make sure that my readers can see all of this. PLUS, I have a treat coming soon that I’ve been working on for a while!
Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I am a HUGE FAN OF PHOTOSHOP! It’s an expensive program, but I have found that the money is absolutely worth it in the long run. Photoshop gives me so many options to create with, whether it’s editing photos I’ve taken or drawing and painting.
So, since I’ve been working with Photoshop for over five years now, I wanted to share the tips and tricks that I’ve learned with Photoshop. I’ve seen a lot of people out in the internet world who struggle with all that Photoshop has to offer. I want to make it easier and more accessible for those who don’t have the experience I have. So, if you’re interested, watch out for my Photoshop series! In the meantime, Happy Reading!!