as of lately i’m in the works of revamping my whole portfolio. even though i have quite a few projects that can get thrown up on my portfolio, i want all the new projects to reflect the direction i’m trying to go within my design career. i’m an interactive designer by day which basically means i design anything from websites to apps, whether it be for an ipad, mobile or facebook. i really love interactive design, but my heart has always been in branding. there’s something exciting about giving a concept an aesthetic identity. in the future i’d love to do more branding work for restaurants and retail spaces more than anything. i’ve been pinning away identity inspiration but i wanted to put the spotlight on a design studio that’s cranking out some wonderful work: RoAndCo.
this week i’m all off. although i love not having to go to work on monday’s.. it really throws me off track for the rest of the week. it kinda feels like wednesday, but not really. well, today is thursdays and if you’ve been stopping by the blog you know every thursday is a blog critique! if you have any blogger friends that may be interested in getting their blog’s aesthetics critiqued then shawty, send them my way.
today we’re going to look at nneji‘s lifestyle blog, naturallynaija.com in which she’s been blogging on for a little over a year now. at this point, nneji’s main concerns when it comes to her tumblr blog is if she’s utilizing her space properly, including her sidebar space. well, nneji.. you’ve come to the right place.
when i first enter on your space it makes me smile. why you ask? i’m unsure if you know this or not but you’re definitely utilizing the white space on your site. the header makes a bold impression on your page, especially the use of that lovely mustard color for naija. the navigation isn’t clutter and gives the readers a chance to reach you if needed. the first thing we see when looking over on the sidebar is a picture of you and all your social links. not to mention everything in your sidebar is all the same width making for a cleaner looking sidebar. so within a few seconds of being on your page i have a face to link the blog to, as well as several ways to get in touch with you via social networks. so kudos for all dat.
LEFT identity | http://www.arthurfoliard.com/LEFT
LEFT is a concept store designed by arthur foliard that offers cultural products related to left-handed people in order to give a different point of view about them. LEFT gets people interested in left-handed people through their center of interest: literature, theater, art, music, objects, etc. it is also the opportunity for left-handed people to get objects that suit them.
why I love this design
my design aesthetic is very minimal. i either stick with black and white, use solid, deep rich colors or patterns.. no pastels, no neons. i really like this design because it isn’t something i’d normally go for but the colors sold me. it feels fun and fresh. i also appreciate how the project was shot. screw a white background, go bold or go home.
voyage | vintage script | purchase – $32.50 (3 fonts)
voyage is a smooth and friendly vintage script family of two weights and ornament sets. voyage is packed with alternate characters and OpenType features to allow you create customized headlines. i don’t tend to really use script typefaces that often, usually only for logos or more poster type elements. i discovered this typeface literally last night and wanted to share. definitely will keep this on standby for a client looking for something with a vintage fun feel.
awwwww yeaaa, it’s thursday! thursdays mean it’s blog critique time! we are already into the fifth blog critique. i’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying the critiques! once again, if you have a blogger friend interested in seeing how they can aesthetically turn their blog’s design up, send them my way. but let’s jump into today’s critique!
natasha has been blogging about style — whether it’s her own or some other awesome fashionistas for going on 2 years now. the design of her blog has pretty much been the same since launching may of 2011. as of lately she’s been getting her pageviews up but it’s still not where she thinks it should be at this point. she submitted her blog for critique because she was unsure if it’s the design or content that’s not getting her the pageviews to what she’s looking for. well, natasha.. you’ve come to the right place.
you’ve done a good job with keeping everything simple and functional. when i first arrive on your blog, i’m able to locate all your social media links, as well as find specific topics of what i’m looking for within your navigation bar. love how you broke down the categories within the style section. makes it even easier for someone to specific things, such as all your shoe post! i’m always telling bloggers to make sure your pictures are the same size as your content width, it looks like you’ve got that going on. so kudos!