“Design is always contextual. It matters when a design was created because of the context of its use.”-Joshua Porter

I have to say, Joshua porter is right. The theme, design, layout and everything else included, when creating a blog, always matters. It matters because without each element or if not done properly, your blog is no use without a following. I have to say, choosing a theme for my blog wasn’t an easy process.

I found it to be quit a task at times. It was difficult sometimes because a lot of the themes I tried, were not compatible. However, after trying multiple themes, playing around with the different layouts and editing my blog to convey my identity, I finally found a theme that does that very thing.
I selected this theme I feel that it portrayed everything I was trying to accomplish. I really wanted to convey the simple, professional, fun characteristics of my personal identity, but I also wanted to show viewers how  I want to be perceived. Just as Joshua said, “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.”

Although I love how simple and organized my theme is, I found that I really needed to make the page jump out at my audience yet, try not to overwhelm them with an informational overload.

By me choosing this theme my page is clean, direct and looks very organized. I loved how the layout was somewhat plain as far as the different color schemes. I felt that I would be able to brighten up my page how I would like by using certain photos, videos, and colors; like my New York picture as my header.

“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when
there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” -Saint Exupery

I added a personal touch by adding a picture of New York city at night because I absolutely love the city. In my About Me page, I share my desire of wanting to pursue my Masters degree in New York and possibly a career. That is a very big dream of mine, which is why I wanted to incorporate that into my blog to connect with viewers on a more personable level.

As far as the layout of my page, I really wanted to make sure it was easy for people to maneuver through the site. incorporated some widgets on my page hoping visitors would find them helpful when they are trying to locate something specific. Just as Joshua Porter stated in his article Five Principles to Design By,

The designer needs someone to use (not only appreciate) what they create. Design doesn’t serve its purpose without people to use it.

I didn’t think people would visit or utilize my page, if I had an overwhelming amount of information that wasn’t organized in a way appealing to the eye. After all the experience of my page does belong to me, however the artifacts that are used is what creates the experience.