The more I explore the functions of WordPress, the more I learn how important each element of a blog is. Cohesiveness and functionality can make or break a blog.
Like the article Five Principles to Design By says, great design is invisible. The theme I chose is just customizable enough to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
I initially chose the theme Freak just because the name drew me in. Then when I saw the preview and customization options and thought it perfectly suited what I imagined.
I changed the main photo to something that was lighter in color than the stock photo, more inviting and relates to the message I am trying to convey. I think the mood of my theme is clean and functional but not too intimidating.
I included some photos to add color and diversity, but not so many that the page is cluttered. I also altered the background color to a light brown to match the main photo and the photo of me. I changed the color of the quote that I added to a blue match the tones in my dress.
I chose blues and brown because they’re earthy, calming colors, and that’s the kind of feel I want my blog to have. The article How Colour Theory Can Help Your Blog discusses the psychology of colour and and importance of harmony between them.
I chose a thin but legible text, which I think conveys a level of sophistication that matches the rest of my blog. I like that I could easily add my social media accounts giving my blog visitors other ways to see and contact me.
I’m sure I have a long way to go in designing my blog, but I feel like I have a good start and there are other areas of the customize tool that I plan on utilizing.