Monday, August 21, 2017

My New Logo and Blog Header!

I have been trying to progressively update my blog as I go along. As you want to look more professional when dealing with advertisement companies and applying for sponsored post opportunities. So about six months ago I changed my blog spot addresse and purchased the actual name www.musingofanaveragemom.com But I still wasn't happy about the appearance.

blog header design


I was reading a Kijiji add and seen these amazing wall decals and went to the website to see more of them. I checked out the graphic design and the artist who was also from a small town in Ontario so I reached out to her to design me a new logo and blog header.

She asked me what I was looking for so I said I wanted to keep the same color scheme I currently have and wanted something soft, gave her a few examples of logos I really liked and something that conveyed the blog name: Musings of an Average Mom which to me is a bitter of a scatter brain mom if it's representing myself. She sent me a few logos and I loved them all!

blog logo design

Phoebe was great as she worked with such a vague description. Here are a few tip's she gives to clients:

Do your research - find other logos or designs you like to help your designer learn your sense of taste.
Decide what overall feel or emotion you want your design to have (eg, rustic, organic, industrial, calm, silly, lighthearted) 

A successful design will communicate a feeling or emotion to the viewer. You choice of "feel" will help direct your designer when choosing font styles, colours and layout. Pick a colour scheme (or let your designer know what colours you do not want if you are undecided) 

If you want to include images in your design, narrow down what symbols and images best represent you. The more information on your wants and expectations you can give your designer ahead of time the better!

I liked all the original logos but thought the 4th one was my favourite as I drink coffee like it's water and like the teal colour. So she ran with that and sent me a first draft.


blog header graphic design

I was blown away loved this blog header. Loved the concept of the coffee ring but thought the black of the notebook was two harsh for the feeling I was aiming for. And  a little to "neat" for me so she played around with it and we explored having a pink back ground for it as well. 


how to design a blog header



But I wanted it to remain white, and after the last final tweaking you can see the amazing end result at the top of my blog. ;) And if you haven't been here before or can't remember what the last one looked like here's the comparison:


new blog header design

Wow it's like night and day. My blog no longer looks like my 6 year old designed. Although she's more artistic than I am so it probably would have looked better than the original. Super happy my blog looks so much more professional which I am hoping will bring in more viewers (and advertisers)

I was so excited to upload my new header but when I first did half of it was cut off so after googling it uploaded it to Paint and clicked resize kept the aspect ration and changed the horizontal pixels to 1200. Boom! Amazing.

Now with a actual domain and professionally designed header starting to feel like a semi? proffessional blogger. 

And just a tip: try to have your thoughts collected before turning to a professional graphic designer as they often charge by the hour and like a clear direction of what you would like. Not an easy thing for this scattered brained girl.


If you wanted to contact Phoebe for a quote for graphic design you can check out her website here: https://www.thestickershop.ca/ or her amazing  custom wall decals on Etsy for kids rooms, nurseries, kitchens, bathrooms, even vehicles.

wall decals


So what is your input on the finished product? I personally am super happy. 


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