Do you know why you saw that “Top Secret” notice on my blog the past couple of days? Do you see anything different?
I have a new blog design!
Doesn’t The Novel Hermit look fabuloussssssss? :D
It was designed by the wonderful Mitchii at Sky Circus.
I LOOOVVEEEE IT SO FUCKING MUCH. The colors, the word/image play with the hermit crab, the minimalist/modernist take on the header, and just about everything. It’s sad that my original narwhal idea didn’t come to fruition, but it was for the best! This new design is perfect for me.
- The original blog design was supposed to contain two narwhals with hipster sweaters (which changed to scarves), but it became too complicated, and I fell out of love with the idea. Mitchii was such a trooper with my initial crazy/extremely intimidating design request and when I wanted to change it.
- This was my initial color scheme (which took foreeevverrrr to pick), which was called Until We Sea:
- I changed my design request in mid-March because the initial design was too complicated. I was a little too ambitious with the narwhal idea. (I am deeply apologetic to Mitchii for putting her through it.)
- Nikki at The Paper Sea is the one who suggested the typewriter for the header. I can’t remember why, but I think she said that a typewriter can represent my love for typography.
- This is the color palette I settled on (with the help of Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews), named Ceerlotte:
Two of my favorite colors are lavender and turquoise, and I wanted to incorporate it into my blog design.
- My header is in the sidebar. I’m not surprised that happened since most of my designs always has too much white space when the header is in the center of the page.
- Finding the perfect font for the blog header was absolutely agonizing. None of the ones I found or Charlotte found fit in with the look. I wanted a calligraphy-esque font, but it doesn’t work well with this design. Charlotte suggested Lullaby (and created a mockup for me), and I fell in love. It was the perfect font for my blog title. Though, a problem came up because of licensing, which caused a lot of sadness, but I managed to find a way around it. (I’m a loophole queen!)
- I really looooveee the graphic pun in my header. When I saw the crab, I was confused at first of why it was there, but I understood a second later. It made me laugh because 1. I was extremely slow with the uptake and 2. y’know, hermit…crab. Hermit crab. It’s a totally “me” thing, and Mitchii somehow ~knew.
- Colors in the design were hard to perfect in the proposal and in the test site. I felt bad for constantly asking Mitchii to change the colors. I wanted it a certain way, and in the end, Mitchii achieved it!
- Here is an evolution of this blog design:
BIG THANK YOUUUUUS TO —
- Mitchii, for designing this fabulous design, for being so patient through my initial ambitious design request, and for creating and fixing all the things in the design (mainly the header and the colors). You are awesomeeeee!
- Charlotte, who held my hand, helped me pick my final color scheme, created mockups to ease my anxieties, and was overall awesome giving me suggestions of fonts and guiding me through everything.
- Christine at Oh Chrys, who served as my other go-to advisor when I was filled with anxiety about my blog design and slapped me silly .
- Nikki at The Paper Sea, who suggested the typewriter for the header image after the narwhal idea fell apart.
- Kelly at Effortlessly Reading, Georgie at What She Reads, Nikki at There Were Books Involved, Stacie at Wonderland of Reading, Claire at Bitches with Books, Rachel, Nina at The Sea of Pages, Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen, Shelly @ Read Sleep Repeat, Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake, Sana at The Artsy Musings of A Bibliophile, Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity, Arial at Arial in Italics, and Sandra at Tea Between Books, who all helped me with the initial color scheme (even though I ended up not using any of the colors).
- Inspect Element, for being there when I had to tweak certain things in the design, but didn’t know where to begin.