Readers that have been with me for a while will have noticed the blog has had a makeover recently! The big change is really the fact that I’ve gone from using “Susie’s Old Fashioned Finishing School” to “Old Fashioned Susie”.
The reason for this was mainly because, when I first started blogging in January, I imagined
that it would be more of a finishing/charm school. A place where girls/women/ladies, whatever you want to call yourselves, would come for tips and advice on how to be old fashioned gals! I thought I’d be discussing etiquette, dinner party conversation, dating and recipes.
Its not that I don’t discuss any of this here, its just that those aren’t the only subjects I’m talking and writing about. As the blog grew and I became used to writing I found that being myself was the most important thing about blogging. So the name needed to be changed- hence “Old Fashioned Susie”, I think its also more catchy.
So I needed a new look. My first header I had designed myself in Photoshop and despite having a degree in Fine Art I couldn’t be objective enough to design something I thought reflected me. I also wanted a cleaner more graphic image- so via the magic of Twitter, a fabulous illustrator came to my rescue!
The lady in question is Megan Thomas who is an illustrator living right here in Sunny Manchester! A lot of her work is inspired by Art Nouveau and Scandinavian art. Producing bright and decoratively patterned illustrations, she also has a strong background in Textiles and Fashion and knows a fair but of HTML- perfect!!
She was really easy to work with- I gave her a brief of the kind of thing I had in mind and after a couple of weeks of tweaking the design it was ready for me to use!! She is very reasonably priced too- I would defiantly recommend!
You can also follow Megan’s blog “Love Illustration” here!
How important do you think Blog/website design is? Are you ever completely happy with it or constantly changing?