Thursday, June 14, 2018

Discussion: Blog Design

As you may have noticed, WLABB has recently redesigned the blog to a new, Sloth-tastic theme! Today we'll discuss the inspiration behind the design as well as some of the elements of the new design.

Featuring American Sloth-ic

This Week’s Topic: Blog Design

For those of you who have been following the blog for a while, you may know Sloth. (If not, this is a great time to get to know him.)

Sloth says hi!

While Sloth mostly loves to live the slow life, he also loves to go places! Throughout the years, Sloth has been on many adventures, like going on an Alaskan cruise, seeing The Hunger Games Exhibition, and more. Sloth particularly enjoys going to bookish events like BookExpo and other author signings. (See more posts with Sloth here and more photos here). 

Look at how majestic he is.

With Sloth being the mascot of WLABB, it only made sense for him to be the muse of the new blog design. The initial concept was simply cartoons of all the WLABBers and Sloth on the banner, but this quickly switched into Sloth-overdrive.

The first thing I did while starting the blog design, was sketch out ideas. These are the very first concept sketches for the new blog design:

From there, I started looking for fonts. I really like brush fonts that kind of look like something you would see on a bullet journal Instagram page. I ended up finding a wonderful font called "Slow Life" on dafont. It was perfect - not only did it look how I wanted, but it was also called "Slow Life" which is Sloth-tastic! This is the font featured in the blog header as well as on the various new post banners.

After picking the perfect font, I started working on the base Sloth and the banner. But while I was working on the initial Sloth, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be great if we had Sloth-mojis????" And so nine initial Sloth-mojis have been made - they are featured on the blog background, but here's a bigger view as well:


Maybe there will be even more Sloth-mojis in the future...

While the theme is still definitely in progress (I mean, only Sam and Sloth have finished icons), I think it's really fun! I look forward to making even more Sloth-tastic additions to the theme.

But enough about Sloth (don't tell him I said that or he'll be mad), tell me about your blog!

What inspired your blog theme? 
Let us know in the comments!

41 comments:

  1. You drew all of those sloths!!! I am so impressed. Also, I love the sketches you did of you guys as well-- very cute!! I like your new design and think it fits your blog really good. It's a lot more modern and the colors are fun!!

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely a nice change of pace.

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  2. Sloth is so cute! It's fun to have a mascot--that's kind of what the girl on my blog is!

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    1. She's so cute! I love when people have a symbol that goes with their blog (mascot or otherwise).

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  3. Sloths are one of my favorite animals, so I love the redesign. I’m impressed that you drew all those sloths. I have no artistic talent at all.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Me too! Sloths are so cute. And thanks! :)

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  4. Oh I love it!! The sloth emojis are the best. I really need to revamp my blog but I need to find someone because I am so not good with all ths stuff!!

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    1. I've seen a bunch of great services online from bloggers who also do design! I'm sure if you look around you can find something :)

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  5. Wow, I love your new design!! Sloths are super-cute, imo, and it's cool that the mascot of your blog became part of the design, as well. Also, the sloth-mojis are EVERYTHING.

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. We're obviously huge sloth fans here too haha. Thank you!!

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  6. I didn't know you designed all the sloths. Great job - love all the slothmojis are on your background. It's so cute!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. I really love your new design, and I'm even more impressed now that I know you drew the sloths yourself!

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    1. Thanks! I guess four years of art school paid off haha

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  8. the sloth-mojis are adorable. I like them. so what did your blog look like before the makeover? I'm a new visitor so I don't know. but it looks great!

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks! Before this, our blog had a kind of toned down look - the background was like a gradient of pea green and the banner had some roses on it. Definitely more of a "classic" look than the new one.

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  9. Sloth’s are awesome! I love that a sloth is your mascot.

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  10. I love your new design, it's so cute and fun! And that's awesome you did th drawings yourself! They came out so good. My blog design is just a simple template, I really have no skills so I wanted to keep it pretty straightforward.

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    1. Simplicity is great too! Part of the struggle with this one was balancing the sloths with not being too in your face haha.

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  11. The slothmojis are so cute! I love the new look of the blog. :)

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  12. Sloth-mojis are officially the best thing about book blogging in general. You win, no one else need apply. I am so in love with the design- because it's adorable and so unique! And the drawings!! They are seriously incredible! I also had to go check out Sloth at The Hunger Games Exhibition because of COURSE. It might be the best thing I have ever seen? No, it definitely is.

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    1. Thanks!! The Hunger Games Exhibition is definitely one of my favorite Sloth adventures.

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  13. Wow! Totally cute! I love the sloth-mojis! How cute are they?! It sure brightens your blog and gives us the fabulous tongue in cheek feel I lve about your posts. ♥️ I was inspired by my desire to be a writer and all the studying I did for it... now I can’t review a book without seeing it through the lens of a Writer.

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    1. Thank you! That's so cool that you took that inspiration into your design!

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  14. I just love the sloth emojis! They are absolutely adorable! And I do love brush fonts as well. I love this redesign so much!

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    1. Thanks! (Insert kissy-face Sloth-moji here)

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  15. I smile every time I visit your site and see those sloths everywhere. I'm super impressed that you sketched them yourself. I need to do something more with my blog layout but I just have no artistic skill whatsoever.

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    1. Thank you! I think you can definitely do something fun with your blog without drawing it all yourself - sometimes it's just a fun background print that's available for free use or a new color palette.

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  16. The sloth emojis are so cute! I only just now realized that the sloths in the background represent different emojis and that just made it all the more adorable :)

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    1. Thanks! We wanted the background to be subtle but I feel like noticing all the emojis is like a little extra treat :)

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  17. These sloths are honestly so cute! The design looks great. The fonts are nice and bold. Good job!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Sam. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Thank you! I think the new fonts are definitely an improvement on readability for the headings.

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  18. Sloth-mojis? Haha, those are so unique. Your new banner too! I have a cartoonish one as well, so I get where you're coming from (though mine got developed like that quite by chance). I also love the little blogger icons. Great job!

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    1. Your theme is so cute! I love that color palette - super different and fun!

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  19. So cute! I just bought my niece a sloth birthday card.

    I change my blog so many times. Whenever I get bored with blogging it helps me out of a slump. Thankfully everyone puts up with my nonsense lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  20. OMG, the sloths are just TOO TOO CUTE. Love the redesign!! :)

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  21. I LOVE these cute little sloths. What a perfect mascot! (I'll confess that I may have called him a hedgehog in one of my comments earlier, but now I definitely see my error. LOL!) And I think the emojis are adorable!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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