The way a blog or webpage is set up can either make or break you because first impressions truly do matter. When I go to a webpage and it is hard to understand what is going on or hard to find anything, it gets a little frustrating and I usually give up and close the browser.
The Twenty Usability Tips article gave helpful hints on how to have a successful blog, not only in design but writing as well. It is a good checklist to go through to make sure I am on the path to success.
The Five Principles gave me some ideas on where exactly to start, and what I was looking for when creating my design. Something that I wanted to look for when I picked my design was simplicity. My overall design is simple and easy to navigate. I did not want to clutter it with a lot of pictures or text when it isn’t really needed.
I decided to pick a picture of the Las Vegas strip as my header photo because I am a Las Vegas native, and it will always be a special place to me no matter where I go. I believe that growing up in Las Vegas has helped shape me into the person I am today, and has influenced me into choosing the degree I have and wanting to get into entertainment and the music industry. I think the picture helps tell a little about me in a fun way, but also still looks professional.
While the theme I am using is mostly customizable, there are certain aspects that I am trying to figure out how to change, such as the whole post showing up on the home page. I am in the process of trying to make my home page cleaner, and adding a separate page for my posts.
Design is an important aspect to consider when wanting to create a successful blog. No matter how wonderful or amazing a webpage or blog may look, if no one knows how to navigate through it then it is essentially useless. But in the same regard, no matter how easy a blog may be to navigate, if it is unpleasant to look out no one will want to stay long.