I used code and customized the content to fit the needs of the site:
- Blog sidebar with a background color that differentiates it from blog content
- Matching mock sidebar on 'grid view' page
- Some tables will a gray background to highlight it and separate it from other content
- Author names on posts and summary blocks lead to custom author pages
- Comment box fonts and colors; can only change with custom CSS
- Created an archive using summary blocks and tags
I also changed branding and design elements!
I wanted a style that connected all of the site's pages and content, as opposed to its previous branding with the photograph of a lake's reflection. I went with more graphic elements, focusing largely on the use of Webdings and Wingdings symbols to keep it simple. I even found a great chart from Speaking PowerPoint that displays every symbol between Webdings and Wingdings 1-3!
As the site also focuses on design, a cohesive style helps to exemplify what we're sharing! This minimalist design also allows MITM to promote content over images, keeping the site organized and content-focused.
Find some of my favorite new blog poster designs in the grid below! You can also check out our 'grid view' page for an overview of all posts from 2015, displaying these great new posters.
These new designs are also better for social sharing! As vertical rectangles, they remain on the page longer when you scroll vertically; as you scroll, you bypass horizontal images much sooner than you do a vertical one. Therefore, they're more likely to catch someone's eye. We've also placed the important information - titles - at the center of the image.
This way, if the image is cropped horizontally when shared on some social sites, the center area will remain in tact, displaying our post titles. These posters also give people a great way to share articles, on social media and pinterest, too!
These new graphics are centered around design as opposed to photographic art, and I hope that it becomes more recognizable over time!
I even changed the graphics for our social media sites!
Whenever I logged into the old WordPress website, I were a little down; because the site didn't look and function the way I had envisioned it, it was hard to get excited to create new content. You know how that is? But now on this new, beautiful Squarespace site, I'm excited to continue creating and bringing new ideas to you :)
Read the original post 'Our New Branding' on www.meetinginthemedia.com!