Customized design work is definitely the thing these days and whaddayaknow, it happens to be our specialty! But really, when was the last time you saw a blog or a website with no design whatsoever? It really doesn’t happen much these days (and when it does, how long do you stick around that site?).
Most people want to put a new, fresh design out there on the web, a design that reflects their personality and makes their presence known. You want someone to land on your site and bam! they get get sucked in immediately by the design (and then they stay and find out you have awesome content to match!). So what could possibly be better than improving the first impression on our clients’ sites? Below is a branding board we put together to define the “Wee His & Hers” website.
Why You Should Have a Customized Design for Your Online Space:
Be a Pro. A professional designer is just that—a professional. Sure, you could make a blog yourself (probably?). But good designers know that it takes a few years of real designing to figure out what looks exceptional and what will draw your audience.
Stand Out. Don’t find yourself in the awkward position of being a template-repeater. Yeah, I just went there. It’s the worst when you find that someone uses the same template as yourself when you’re trying to be one-of-a-kind. If you do decide to go the premade route, make sure you do something to set it apart. Stylize your sidebar with a photo of yourself or change up the font!
Create a Brand. One of the first things that advertisers do to increase sales of a product is to create an effective, recognizable brand. Custom work helps to actualize your brand and reinforce it to your readers/customers. You want them to know who you are and remember you! The photo at the top shows several logos we’ve done to help brand businesses!
Personally, when I switched my first blog to a customized design, it made my online identity more one-of-a-kind and my readers noticed it too. I became a more defined and frequent blogger, which is what your visitors want, it’s what keeps them coming back and gets you a nice little flow of traffic! In short, it was the best thing for my little corner of the internet, and it could be for you too. <3
Who am I kidding? I love Valentine’s Day because of the treats. You know what I’m talking about: sugar cookies with fluffy white and pink frosting, red velvet cupcakes with adorable cupcake toppers, and sticky lollies with “I love you” etched onto them. It’s a great, simple way to celebrate love and spread some cheer. Sooooo, here is a little inspiration (and some free printables) as you decorate your sweet treats for February 14th!
First, some cupcake toppers! We made this free printable just for you, from Smitten.
I love the modern design of these printables, if I do say so myself. And they are EASY! Just print, cut, and add toothpicks!
Next, some Valentine-decorated treats to get you going.
Join in the treat-making love: Swirl your frosting! Pipe your icing! Scatter your sprinkles! Have a ball and enjoy your treat.
We work with all kinds of bloggers–fashion bloggers, food bloggers, mommy bloggers and a lot of small businesses. This post is especially good for our small business bloggers to know, but still helpful for anyone wanting to run a successful blog!Every good business should have an incredible custom website AND a personalized blog. “Don’t they basically do the same thing? Isn’t just the website enough?” Well, we’re so glad you asked! An attractive website is just the first step to making your presence known online. But blogging for your business with a well-designed can do a few things that the main page just can’t.
Here’s what:One of our wonderful clients, Dina C. from Buttercream Bakehouse, wrote about her custom blog, “[It is] the first thing customers or my readers mention to me…It’s actually bringing me business.” So many of our clients have similar success stories. We love making our clients happy, and it is so gratifying to get consistent positive feedback—even from our clients’ clients!
So go get blogging for your business! And you can email us to get in contact with one of our amazing designers for help starting this! The wait is never too long and the results aren’t too bad either.
*(Chiang & Hsieh, 2011)
So I know what you’re probably thinking… “I already follow the rule of thirds!” And yes, we all love the rule of thirds in design. (And if you’re not quite sure what it is, Wikipedia’s got your back: Rule of Thirds.) It makes our blog design so much more appealing. It gives a picture/graphic more dimension. And we all love a pretty blog design that just catches our eye right away. But…did you know that many designers believe it is misnamed?
What people think it should actually be called, is a “Suggestion” of Thirds.
That’s right. It really is more of a guideline. As photographer/author Bryan Peterson says (despite his love for dividing a frame into thirds), “Some things do look better when they are smack dab in the middle.” How’s that for your blog design tips?! So here are some “smack dab in the middle” designs:
The custom blog (above) and the premade blog (below) from our designers have centered elements at the top, which we think looks just smashing! It adds some symmetry to the regular rule-of-thirds design. We love the rule and we love breaking the rule—so we figure, why not do both?
The Hay Day template is also available for purchase in our premade shop along with many more of our original premade templates. If you’re on Blogger go check them out, if you’re on WordPress stay tuned…we’re in the process of creating some premade WordPress themes too! And come back for more blog design tips to help you make your blog as successful as possible- that’s what we do!
So go ahead, you rule-breaker you! Break a rule or two. And let us know how it turns out.
Here at Smitten Blog Designs we design a lot of fashion sites on both Blogger and WordPress for a lot of different fashion bloggers. So it’s appropriate that I share some of our fashion blog designs as well as some of my own fashion insights! Is it too late in the season to talk about boots? It’s not, right? Because there are a few gorgeous boots I just really want to discuss before winter is gone!
Last season, I was gifted this beautiful Sperry boot from J Crew.
I love this boot more than my own two feet. Every morning I look out the window hoping to see at least one tiny snowflake to justify wearing this boot! Sooooo… Seeing as I may or may not have an addiction to boot-wearing, I was quite interested to see what other boots J Crew was carrying for this season. And I found this little beauty:
I give you the Macalister Wedge Boot! I think I’m in love. This modern wedge is so versatile! Okay, so it’s not the best for SNOW snow, but how cute would it be for a chic girl’s night out? Or in. Or anywhere!
Here’s another not-so-snow boot that caught my eye:
This is Forever 21’s Perforated Combat Boot. It’s especially great for our readers who don’t exactly get a ton of cold weather in the winter. It’s airy, neutral, and looks dang comfortable as far as stylish boots go.
And to top it all off, here is the wild card of the bunch: The Ring Toss Boot from Anthropologie.
And here are some of the recent fashion blog designs our team has created for our fashion blogger clients!
Viva Luxury was designed with a very clean aesthetic and a bold title. The photos are the most important part of a fashion blog so we always want them to stand out most of all- hence the black and white in the design.
In our design for The Fashion Fuse, we threw some gold in there with the black and white. Gold is still a pretty neutral color so it adds to the fashion blog design without taking away from the photos. The sidebar on this one is my favorite because it acts as a creative and unique nav bar!
Today is the last day of our 3 Free Facebook Covers collection! If you are just getting here, you can see our past two free Facebook covers we posted here and here. All the covers in the collection are inspired by our website’s fresh, new look that has been evolving over the past couple of months.
One design tip that we’ve used on our own site, is to use neutrals with one or two pops of color in the color scheme. We love, love, love the site Design Seeds for finding color combos that work together. You just might spend more time there than you planned on, so grab a snack before you click the link! Here’s one of our favorites from their site right now:
Neutrals, with the pop of teal and pink. So pretty and light, would be perfect for a wedding blog design! We’ve actually done several of those and posted them in our portfolio- they are so fun to work on because they tend to be whimsical and pretty.
Another color site we love for color palettes when designing is Colour Lovers. This site lets you create your own color schemes and post them for others to see and rate. You can get some great ideas from what other people have created too. It’s a good place to try out color palettes you’ve been thinking of for anything from weddings, to clothes, to blog or website designs.
Well we’ve loved putting these free Facebook covers up and helping you freshen up your FB page for the new year! To find all of them, plus other free printables, you can go to our free printables page. Let us know what colors you’d like to see in a free printable or Facebook cover and we’ll do what we can!
Today is the second day of our free Facebook covers and we have a beautifully designed cover for you to take and try on your Facebook page! It was custom designed with a subtle gray pattern in the background and a bold font. Definitely on trend with the new year’s designs and styles, so you’ll want to get in on this!
If you all like these free Facebook covers we’ll keep them coming, because, well, we like our readers! Remember to like and share so others can get the cover and so we’ll know to make more! If you are looking for something more custom, you can order a custom designed Facebook cover from us too, or any kind of custom work for your personal or business needs! We’ve updated our services page to make it simpler and added a little more to our packages so go and check it out! Our designers are all awesome to work with and you can meet them all here.
We love the quote used on the Facebook cover and it’s a good mantra for the new year. “Do it with passion, or not at all.” Do you come up with a phrase or a word to live by each year? It’d be fun to hear them all if so! And if you don’t, just go ahead and take this Facebook cover so you can see it everyday and THIS can be your phrase to live by this year! We also have a board on Pinterest with our favorite quotes, you can find it here. We’ll see you tomorrow with the 3rd free cover in the collection!
Our talented designer, Jacquelinne, has designed a collection of 3 beautiful, modern and simple Facebook covers. She designed them to match Smitten’s new WordPress site design with coral, gold, gray and black colors, so of course we love them! Put a fresh cover on your Facebook page for 2014! We’ll be posting one every day for the next three days-and guess what-they’re FREE! So…
download above and if you use it we’d LOVE for you to like our page or share where you got it from! If you guys like them, we’ll keep them coming. Who wouldn’t like a free Facebook cover, though, right? You can see our Facebook post HERE to share with your friends. So enjoy your pretty new look and we’ll see you with another freebie tomorrow!
Last year we posted about the 2013 color of the year here. This year’s color was named Radiant Orchid and will be popping up everywhere in the design/fashion/wedding world if you keep your eyes open for it!
I love it, but I do wish the color was a little more saturated. What do you think? We just might have to come up with a free printable in Radiant Orchid pretty soon.
IMAGES VIA: Pantone