if you’ve been following the blog critique for a few weeks, you’ll notice every week i’m offering little tips and tricks bloggers can do to sexy up their sidebars and headers. i don’t really discuss ways in which one can spice up their actual blog post design. today, let’s discuss three simple ways you can ‘turn up’ those blog post.
+ experiment with a photo manipulation software. eventually, you’ll want to do more with your blog graphics so you may want to eventually teach yourself how to use some type of photo manipulation software. personally, i recommend adobe photoshop. to get this program for free you can either download the latest adobe photoshop cs6 trial for 30 days or download adobe photoshop cs2 for free. yes, you heard me for free. yes, it’s a little dated but it’s still a great way to learn the basic tools of the program. if photoshop is not really for you, i’d recommend GIMP, a free alternative to photoshop. there are plenty of free photo manipulation software you can experiment with or tutorials and classes that can teach you how to use photoshop.
took two weeks off to refuel and refresh my creative juices but now it’s thursday.. and thursdays are blog critique days. and like i always say, it’s never too late to submit your blogs for the blog critique so keep them coming. tell one of your blogger friends about it. spread the word.
amanda has been blogging about pregnancy, parenting, beauty and health on blogger since 2009. she has even dabbled with design having designed most of the elements on her family blog today. having followed a few of the blog critiques, amanda submitted her blog in hopes of finding out just how her blog looks and appeals to others. is it convenient? is all the information easily accessible? most importantly, does the blog look appealing? well amanda, you’ve come to the right place!
cakes & coffee identity | http://www.helloempatia.com/en/works/25-cakes-coffee
cakes & coffee is a chic bakery and coffee retail space based in buenos aires, argentina.
empatía studio had the pleasure of designing their identity and packaging. the corporate identity is directly derived from the profile of the firm: a small business which deals gourmet cupcakes and prides itself on handmade and simple sweet treats.
why i love this design
i tend to prefer san serif over serif but every now and then there’s exceptions and today, cakes & coffee is one of them. the use of the serif typeface really helps get the message across that this is a business that is fun, chic and gourmet. loving the beige and pink with the light blue background. the only thing i would have changed would probably be the ampersand. maybe found one that was a bit classier to match the feeling of the rest of the logo.
i’m always talking about good design this, and good design that but the main purpose of this blog aside from cataloging amazing design inspiration is to actually share my design work. i’ll try to throw up work of mine at least weekly. some will be personal project, some will be freelance client work and then other times it will be work completed at the digital studio i work for. today will be the latter.
roxy dare yourself | facebook campaign
as lead designer i was given the task of designing a facebook based user generated content based contest for ROXY, a leading women’s action sport apparel company. dare yourself allowed women aged 18-28 from around the world to submit photos or video about why they should be the next face of ROXY.
all and all, it was really cool working with the people over at ROXY. i’d like to thank my coworker melissa for taking on this project with me and helping me bust out this project. looking forward to seeing what new campaigns they have up their sleeve for the upcoming months. the contest has come to an end, but you can still check out the ROXY dare yourself winners over on facebook. and please forgive my developer for choosing to use oswald as not only the headline font, but for the body copy as well.
noma authentic | http://www.behance.net/gallery/Noma-Authentic-Website-App/7675951
noma authentic is a conceptual web and app design project created by design students jonas emmersten and henrik ellersgaard. the concept behind noma authentic was to create a culinary grand tour for people who want to learn more about commodity, fishing and hunting as a side project from the world famous restaurant noma.
the events will take place 4 times every season, in scandinavia. noma will pick out places in scandinavia, which has great commodities for each season, and find hunters and fishermen that knows the area to help the traveling participants. this is not only a travel, one of the chefs from noma will travel along to learn the participants about the areas commodities, and how to use them. they will also cook for the participants along the journey, so they will get a taste of noma’s great knowledge in food culture.
why i love this design
the real question should be.. what’s not to love about this design? when it comes to web design, i opt for the use of grids with great legible type and white space. this website embodies all three of those things. i often revisit this project often to get inspiration for some of my own projects. love how emmersten treated the tiniest of details — from the hover states to the navigation. let’s not forget to mention i’m a big believer of mixing bold san serif typefaces with elegant italicized serifs. from the app to the web, everything is clean and simple. just the way i like.