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Logos, Blogs, & Design, oh my!

For better or worse, as an indie designer, you get to learn a lot about things that seem unrelated to designing — such as html, css, web design, and so on.

Over the next week or so I’ll be totally overhauling my blog. I’m updating to Thesis 2 (I’m currently running Thesis 1.8.3), which is NOT a simple update. The entire Thesis interface totally changed, and based on the number of ‘oh my gawd I’m totally lost and don’t even know what to ask about where to start’ posts on the forum, I’m not the only one who was initially lost.

I’ve found some good tutorials (I’ll add the links later for you) and am feeling fairly confident. I’ll be playing with my veterinarian page first, setting up the various templates with that. I think I can save the ‘skin’ I make, with all the various templates, and can import it into this page.

I’m going towards a nice clean look, with a static landing page, easier navigation, and so on.

What prompted this? Well, it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time, but I also wanted to do a logo redesign, and saw no point in doing the blog when the colors, fonts, images, etc were going to be dictated by the final logo.

I worked with MJ Gumayagay and I love what she came up with! You may’ve noticed it as the new header to the blog; I added that several days ago. It’s now being used in various other places: my Ravelry group, my Mailchimp newsletter, and so on. I need to update my patterns (yet again), this time with the logo & fonts (I purchased an awesome font, Gotham, which MJ used for the SUNSET CAT DESIGNS portion of the logo).

And did you notice the colors? Turquoise, my favorite! and a nice sand-evoking taupe. The logo looks awesome in black & white as well.

What do you think?

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