Since I get go to BEA, I’ve decided to take part in Armchair BEA, which is basically a virtual conference for people who cannot attend the actual convention. Let’s get this started, shall we?[/quote]
#1 tip: You need a gorgeous website design.
Lots of people judge something by how it looks, and the web design is the first impression that readers get when they visit your blog.
Say I visit a blog that has a black background with neon green color in a Comic Sans font or narrow content area or extremely cluttered everything, will I want to stick around to read the content? No. I’m more inclined to close the tab and go somewhere else. Your web design can essentially make your readers stick around or drive them away. (You want the former!)
I love when blogs I read have a fabulous designs. It makes me want to twirl in its awesomeness. I have listed the blogs/websites with designs that I love. (None of which include my blog design, which is an automatic “duh, this is a fabulous design, but no ego boosting for me.” Most of the designs I showcase here don’t use too much, but they have great illustrations, colors, and lettering that makes them stand out.
|THESE PAPER HEARTS|
When I saw These Paper Hearts‘s current blog design, I’m pretty sure my eyes turned into hearts. I am a fan of Julianna Swaney’s work; her illustrations have a whimsicalness that just works. The design does a beautiful job of accommodating the header illustration, which I love because I’ve seen many designs that have illustrations that just doesn’t work with the layout. The colors are great because it complements well with each other and it’s not too muted. (And did I talk about that header already? ;D)
Novel Sounds‘s blog design is a constant. It’s one of the first book blogs I’d ever read, and one of the first book blog designs I fell in love with. It’s a straightforward design, but the colors are so pretty that it automatically captures your attention. (I never knew green and pink could work so well with each other!) I love the chalk-like/blackboard quality of it, which you can see in the lettering in the header and the search bar. Every time I think of my favorite blog designs, Novel Sounds is always on that list.
Back to black, baby! Door Sixteen is a design that I find absolutely timeless. This site uses black and white in a way that doesn’t overwhelm or give readers a headache, nor is it so plain that it’s forgettable. I love that the sidebar is long and jagged, which gives it a great shape. I’m usually not a fan of post titles, dates, and such formatted on the left side, but I love it in Door Sixteen because it doesn’t take up too much of the content area. It’s so gorgeous.
|RATHER BE READING|
Can we talk about how gorgeous the illustrations in Rather Be Reading are? It’s so adorable and wonderful. (I love illustrations a lot, okay?) That and the colors are my favorite things about the blog design! I just love the shades of green that is used. Love.
Love Taza‘s blog design blows me away every time I visit the site because it’s just so frickin’ gorgeous. From the colors and the layout, I have perpetual heart eyes.; I love everything about this design! When you scroll down, you get a new menu bar (which you see in the picture) that is fixed and gorgeous. My favorite part of this design is the sidebar. Just look at it! Eeeeep. All the shapes working with each other, I love! (Yes, I do have sidebar envy.) Also, that archive guys, that’s how I want my archive to look.
I wish I could hire Breanna and Zoe to do a major facelift for my blog!
|WISH WISH WISH|
Wow, wow, wow. Charlotte showed me Wish Wish Wish, and it became an immediate favorite. The illustrations, guys! It’s so gorgeous and fabulous. It’s a great addition to the overall header to be more personable. A slider pops out after a few seconds on the front page, which I pleasantly surprised by (I may have exclaimed MAGIC! in my head when it happened because it wasn’t there when I had initially loaded up the page.) And I love the “Categories” and “Archives” layout in the sidebar. Everything about this site is lovely.
What I love most about Hello, Chelly are the colors and the background pattern. It just works for me. The colors capture my attention; it’s not too bold or pale or light, it’s justttttttt right. I love the rainbow-esque social media at the top, which is frickin’ awesome and a clever way of laying it out. I love the geometric shapes of the background; it’s a nice detail that accentuates the look of the blog.
|SF GIRL BY BAY|
Simple is always the way to go. SF Girl By Bay has one of those blog designs that is seemingly simple, but there are things in it that just makes it stand out. That main thing is the header. I’m head-over-heels-forever-in-love with that banner. Why? Illustration. I’m a sucker for handmade designs. It works beautifully with the flowers that line the top of the header.