As you may have noticed, I'm redesigning my blog. As a professional graphic designer, I could no longer stand by and look at my boring blog design and banner any longer.
First, I made the new banner in Illustrator and chose a color palette. I'm extremely happy with the colors, they are definitely something I wasn't expecting. They're a little mix of neutrals and happy colors that I think I can stick with for a while. And of course I have included my obsession with gray. Then I changed out the default blogger bio on the side with a layout I created in InDesign and made into a jpeg. The name, photo and text are all part of one photo, which made it really easy. I think I may go back and make the text a little bigger.
What I'm working on now...are buttons for the sidebar. I'm still trying to figure this out. I made some simple buttons and now I just need to figure out how to place them. I think I may need to do some html-ery. I think I will end up stacking these two by two, but there is an odd number. I'd also like to replace the Etsy Mini and make something of my own, something prettier. I wish the Etsy Mini's could be customized.
What do you think of the new design? Is there something I should add?