When I first launched Visual Swirl two months ago, I wasn’t sure if this whole blogging thing would stick. Luckily I’ve had some great success over the first 60 days (thanks mostly to you all) and I decided that a custom look was needed to really take the Swirl to the next level. That’s why, I’m excited to announce a new look (as you can see) for the blog. Let me quickly walk you through a few of the highlights.
I describe the overall feel of the site as clean grunge. I wanted to incorporate an easy-to-read format but with a little grunge flavor. Elements of roughness exist in the background image and footer images while clean edges rule the rest of the page.
I felt I had a decent logo when I first launched but the color scheme felt a little out of place for the original template I was using. So I update the colors and the type for the Visual Swirl logo. Being that blue is my favorite color, it felt like a natural way to go. The font of choice is Interstate and I think it gives a very clean and professional touch to the site.
Navigation and Categories
I also felt that a restructure of the navigation would be helpful. My previous category structure was getting out of hand and I decided to simplify the choices to make it easier for users to find exactly what they’re looking for. If you miss the old categories (photoshop, typography, etc), I’ve utilized tagging features to maintain some of the searchability. Check out the footer for all of the tag breakdown.
Speaking of the footer, I’ve joined the club and made an informative footer a part of the design. I slapped my ugly mug on there and also added a few other relevant items. I’ll be updating this section more over the coming weeks as I add content and functionality to the site.
What’s to come
While the redesign officially launches today, I will be tweaking my design over the coming weeks. I hope to add some functionality in the form of a user news feed and some other cool footer add-ons. If you have anything that you would like to see added to the site, please let me know.
I hope you like it
I’m really excited about the new look but I want to hear what you think (good or bad). This site is ultimately about you and I am always up for your input. Let me know if anything looks out of place or if there is something that I can add to make the site even better. Thanks for stopping by and in case you didn’t even know that I had redesigned, here’s a little before/after.