DESIGN SHOWCASE + SHOP SALE UPDATEJun 25 2015
Although I mention my design work often on the blog, its been quite a while since I shared some of my recent designs. I love that my blog and design business go hand-in-hand, in fact its only true that my blog has been the biggest motivation to start my business. So today I wanted to share some of my latest blog templates and the design process behind them with you.
Before I design a template, I draw up a mood board on Pinterest to gather inspiration and come up with a style guide. My recent set of templates are inspired by colors and aesthetics of flowers. There are four themes in the collection – Lily | Tulip | Daisy | Rose. Flowers always give me a calm, airy, colorful and cheerful vibe – so I’ve captured the same mood in the designs of all these templates.
As a web developer, I have a fair knowledge of coding that allows me to experiment with different layouts for the blogger platform. The Lily template is a 3-column template with 1 main content bar and a sidebar on either side of the content. This has been by far the most popular template in my shop and I believe its due to the simplicity of the design in terms of navigation, accessibility and white/ negative space. I got a bit creative with the layout and designed a Pinterest-y look for the Tulip & Daisy templates. Both of these have a fluid layout with posts displaying on the front page in a Pinterest grid style . I have found these to be very popular with photography and fashion bloggers as it showcases photos beautifully. Rose is a simple, straightforward template with a large content bar and a right sidebar. It has the perfect go-to layout for all kinds of blogs with a clean design.
Color & Typography:
I emphasize a lot of on choosing the right colors and fonts for each of my templates as I believe these are key to making or breaking a design. Based on the theme I am going for, I pick out colors and create a color palette using Adobe Color. For this collection, I stuck to a floral color scheme with pinks, peaches and a pop of mint in Daisy. For fonts, I look through Google fonts or dafont to narrow down on the ones that are apt for the design.
Since many of us read blogs on our mobile devices, all my templates have a fluid, responsive design which means that the blog will tailor itself to the device to offer the best browsing experience to the user. Plus, with the recent changes made to google’s search algorithm, responsive design is probably an immediate need right now. I have also made it very easy to customize the fonts, colors etc. using the blogger template designer.
I am quite happy with the way this collection turned out and I am looking forward to coming up with more. If you are a WordPress/ Squarespace user, stay tuned as I will be announcing some shop news for you soon!
If you are interested in purchasing any of these templates for your blog, they are all on sale for 30% OFF right now, just saying! 😉 Some of you asked me on twitter, the last day for the sale is 28th June, Sunday! So hurry up, spruce your blog with a new design today!
Pick your favorite template and let me know in the comments!