Tomorrow I will be uploading a brand new design for this space, one that will look dramatically different from anything else I've had up here. You can see some of the previous designs here, and here. I took my time with this, and thought long and hard about what I wanted for Secondhand Sundays in the long term. In the past I've been more concerned with the personalization of this space and less on the usability for readers. The new design will be much easier for readers to navigate, design elements are minimal, and the pages will look cohesive and branded. The new design will allow my focus to be entirely on creating great content for the site, and less on the sketches and widgets in my sidebar.
Now that I've spent a minute justifying my reasons for a new design, let's talk inspiration-
I've come to believe your blog design should allow your content to be the focus, and that colorful graphics and sketches are best left for posting. Your blog design should allow your readers to easily locate the various topics and pages of content you offer. Your design should also be easy to look at, and there should be ample visual space between all of its elements.
The key elements I wanted for Secondhand Sunday's new design included:
+ Lots of negative space to allow the visual elements room to breathe.
+ A minimal color scheme
+ Easy navigation
+ Cohesive design elements throughout all pages of content
+ Navbar above the title image, with search
+ A blog that looked even more mature than my current content, i.e. I can grow into
+ A space I felt reflected my goal of living happily and simply
+ A Beautiful Mess
I really love the mini intro on A Beautiful Mess, and I wanted something similar on my blog. They moved their navbar above all their other content, and I felt like that was a genius move. It gave everything else a lot more breathing room and I knew immediately I wanted the same.
+ A Cup of Jo
I love Jo's new color scheme, and ultra pared down layout. I found her new look visually appealing and minimalist. I found myself checking in on A Cup of Jo much more after she redesigned, and the effect that her new design had on my interest level with her content was the catalyst for my decision to start from scratch with my own blog.
+ Design Love Fest
I've long admired Bri's eye for all things design. She always seems to be ahead of trend with everything she does and her blog design is no exception. What caught my eye the most about her layout was the way she framed her sidebar content. I found it much easier to focus on the different categories and content she shared that way. I pulled a little bit of that aesthetic into my new design as well.
+ Lune Vintage
I've been a fan of Lune and Jill for as long as I've read blogs. She has the amazing talent of balancing both simple design, and vintage kitschy goodness, that I so admire. Jill keeps her blog sidebars really simple so that her images pop, and sparkle like the stars they should be. I really wanted my content to have that same effect on readers.
Say good-bye to the old SHS:
Here's a peak at the new header and navbar:
I'm really excited to unveil the brand new Secondhand Sundays, I think some of you might think you've come to the wrong place. Here's to hoping this design sticks for at least a year or two. You just never know. big kiss, bekuh
PS- I'd like to personally thank two sweet friends Kate and Maddie for giving me some feedback on the site before anyone else had seen it! They're input helped add a lot more character to the new site, and I could just hug them both to pieces for it.