Venus Trapped in Mars

27 April 2013

Designing is Easy, I Kid You Font

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I have had several people, only my mom, say they love my designs. I just wanted to give you a few quick tips on how to spice up your blog posts. And in true Saturday, no one is out there in blog land, fashion... I'm just talking to my mom. Here is how you can spice up the blog you don't have, Mom! 

1. Size your images.
Find out the total width you have to work with in the body of your blog.
{Layout --> Template Designer --> Adjust Width--->Entire blog pixels minus sidebar pixels --> then take off an additional 200 pixels if a 2 column template}
Or you could always just guess and check. 
I know that my post body can hold 800 pixels, so that is what I size the width of my images to. I use photoshop but a good alternative is Pixlr.

2. Always have a "Post Specific" Image
This way when you Pin It to Pinterest, you won't have to rely on people keeping your  pin description word for word.
 EXAMPLE:

Good Pin From Post:
Oh, and while we're at it, follow me on Pinterest and I will follow you back. I think the more people I can follow on Pinterest the better. It provides excellent Graphic Design inspiration.
{although I think you already follow me, don't you Mom?)


Bad Pin From Post:

3. Use Collages. 
I'm sure you guys know this one already. But keep them simple. Here are some of my favorite collage makers on the internet. 

Good:

Bad:



4. FONTS
Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a Fontholic. My friends make fun of me because they say they can instantly recognize something I designed based on the way the fonts are used. Here is my guide to pairing fonts.

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14 comments :

  1. I live this post! And as you can see, I am not your mom.
    I am always in love with your in posts designs, but I am way too design dumb to do them myself. This was very helpful, and I am totally stealing these beautiful fonts!!

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  2. Thank you for this post and the tips!!!
    I love your design work Venus and specially love your blog name!!!

    Thanks a million!
    xoxo
    Andie
    Andie's Traveling Pants

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  3. Great post! I love your design work, BTW.
    XO, Rachel
    With Love, Rachel

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  4. Excellent tips! I love love love collages. I hate hate hate when people don't align their blog posts properly. Yo, it's not that hard.

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  5. i'm guilty of not reading blogs that aren't designed well. what i mean is, if words and pictures are all over the place, the font isn't web-friendly, the colors are off, the images are weird etc and the overall reading experience is disjointed, i move on.

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  6. can I just say you're awesome? love the way you summed this up.
    you crack me up even in a "tutorial" way!

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  7. Dafont is my homegirl and I love that you posted the link to Riesling because I fell madly and lustfully in love with that font as you posted it and needed to grab it...so thanks ;)
    Also, love your blog design. Totes reminds me of Great Gatsby.

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  8. I love all of your designs!! I'm trying to teach myself some HTML but it's clearly not working. What program do you use to design your blog? I'm completely clueless when it comes to any of this.

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  9. I got so excited when I saw you had a tutorial page!! I will be honest before I read any of your post I followed you right away because of your awesome design. What program do you use to design in?

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  10. Thanks for the help with this. Can't wait to use some of your tips!

    20somethingbusinesswoman.com

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  11. I am so glad someone has posted about fonts because DEAR LORD there are some terrible things in the world that just shouldn't be seen or used together. My poor fiance has to listen to my rant about the font they use on signs on the highway/freeway/street signs because sometimes they use a bold letter to begin the word but the rest of the word is in light and... I just... UGH.


    You rock. End.

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  12. I love that you talk to your mom in your blog posts, I totally do that too! Thanks so much for the tips, love your blog :)

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  13. I love that you talk to your mom in your blog posts, I totally do that too! Thanks so much for the tips, love your blog :)

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