I thought I'd share a couple blog designs that I've recently finished with you today. Both were so much fun to create and I got a rare stroke of good luck with both of them, because the design concepts came to me pretty quickly, long before I actually started working on either. They're examples of my favorite kind of design experiences. When the challenge is getting what I've conceptualized in my head to actually translate to the screen, rather than it being a challenge of coming up with a concept in the first place. I absolutely have plenty of experiences where I'm racking my brain for three days, trying to come up with a good idea! So when they happen to come easy, it's always a bonus.
For her brand-new blog, Chelsea came up with the name "Sea, Field and Tribe". She wanted her blog design to illustrate her deep love for nature, in a way that was simple, subtle and pared-back. She really wanted watercolor elements to be incorporated, as well as shades of sage and turquoise. I chose to use watery versions of both colors as a way to evoke the kind of ethereal, airy aesthetic that I knew she really wanted. I wanted to touch on each element in her blog name without being too literal. I chose to go with misty mountains to represent "field," and a little scattered pattern of triangles, as a way to represent "tribe" in their geometric shapes, and "sea," in color and stream-like flow:
Chelsea also wanted me to create a landing page for her blog and "sea, field and tribe" brand. I stuck with the same colors and theme to create a watercolor "burst" look, which Chelsea had mentioned really wanting to incorporate. My favorite part of the design was creating the little rollover icons for both the landing page and the navigation bar on the blog, representing various "sea, field and tribe" elements. A different icon appears when you hover over each word, and I'm so happy with how they turned out.
For her blog, Shannon Hearts, Shannon wanted a design that was soft, feminine and cheerful. She also wanted the design to be simple and anchored by a clean, white background. She wanted me to just run with any ideas that I had, which was great! I drew the flowers and chose shades of pink and orange for the color scheme. I wanted to incorporate a heart motif in a way that wasn't too heavy-handed, so I decided to have a little heart pop up when each word in the navigation bar was rolled over. I'm really, really happy with the way it turned out. It's a personal favorite of mine.
Thanks for letting me share a bit of my work with you :) Happy Thursday!