Skimming through Twitter tonight, I came across a blog that I had not read before – The Blog Design Blog – which is an excellent resource on blog design – including tips, tricks, galleries, and how-to guides revolving around the business of designing great looking weblogs.
Their current feature post is entitled How to Blog Design Style Guide. The post takes a look at nine key areas that you should examine while designing a blog – and provides great examples that you can emulate and aspire to in your design.
The post is full of great advice – such as this section on how to ensure that your blog has a great header design:
How to make your header design great for your blog:
1. The first element in a blog design that I like to design is the header, because I feel that it sets the tone for the rest of the blog design. So I recommend to decide on what message you want to convey, title, and taglines before getting to work in photoshop. This will prevent a lot of headaches and changes down the road.
2. While there are many different ways you can design a header for you blog, it is important to remember to prioritize the communication of the purpose of your blog above everything else. A reader needs to be informed as quick as possible as to what the purpose of your blog is.
3. Get creative and don’t be afraid to try different things until you find a header design that works for your blog. This is generally the first thing people see when they come to your blog so make it memorable.
Take a look – you won’t be disappointed…
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.