I just finished up a new brand and blog design for House of Earnest over the weekend. I have to tell you guys… I’m a bit sad that this one is finished, because I had so much fun working on it and I think it turned out better than we both expected!
Below are the before and afters of the blog and logo design. I hope you’ll agree that this project was a total transformation!
WHERE SHE WAS
House of Earnest has been live for over a year now, and within that year, the blog has grown tremendously because of Erin’s amazing DIYs and Home Decor posts. She has really been knocking it out of the park lately, and I’m sure anyone that has read her blog would agree with me! It’s definitely a must-read. So, her content was amazing, but her design was not showcasing any of it. It was actually distracting from the amazing posts that she was publishing. Not good.
PROBLEMS WITH THE BEFORE
The design was not pulled together, and didn’t show the classy feminine side that Erin loved. Since she was just starting out, doing it herself was probably a good idea, but since the blog has grown so quickly, it was definitely time to step up the design.
I started the process by sending Erin a Q&A to help determine the exact look she was going for. I was so excited when we started gathering inspiration, because I knew immediately that this design was going to be right up my alley.
In order for the reader to know exactly what House of Earnest is all about, we made her three most important categories (Home Decor, Hand Made and Party Style) the navigation on the top.
Each of these categories has a custom archive header.
We also customized a Favorite Projects plugin for the sidebar so that reader’s can easily find her most popular DIY projects.
The blog also has an advertising integration plugin that allows clients to easily change out advertisers.
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