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The design of your blog can have much to do with how people perceive your style and voice, and it can most definitely affect how your audience thinks of you. In a nutshell, your design is an extension of you.
Keep it simple.
Basically, you want your pages to be easy to access, with as few of distractions as possible. Aim to strip away anything that does not have an essential function. Think how you want to portray yourself in it's purest state. If something is essential but makes the overall design look cluttered, get creative with how to show it off. You want your site to be easy to use, not headache inducing.
Keep it timeless.
Avoid fads or trends in web design, what may be contemporary today may be outdated tomorrow. On the other hand, going too classic can be boring. Work towards finding that happy medium that is appealing today, but won't be an eyesore for future audiences.
Keep it useful.
Assembly is key. Don't get too fussy with ornamentation, however you should be paying attention to every detail. The more “minimal” the design, the easier it is for an audience to spot flaws, such as bad typography or composition. Your blog should also be inherent, not something you have to read a manual to use.
Lay the groundwork.
Before you even begin designing, lay out all the things that are essential to your site. Then, like a puzzle, piece them together in a clean and singular design. This will help in making it look like it was easy (even if it took you many long hours of work!). Simple design isn't simple.
Use your favorite sites to your advantage.
Pick out what you love about sites you frequent, then try to think how these bits and pieces could work for your image. Of course, you don’t want to lift someone else’s site, however these exceptional designs can be a source of inspiration.
Good design is the best combination of useful and beautiful, since both thee factors can effect the well being of the user. The happier the user of your site is, the more likely they are to come back.
What are some of your favorite blog designs?
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