Saturday, 8 January 2011

Blog layouts that stand out

This space is not for the best blog layouts, but the ones that have really stood out to me during my blogging time. Many people ask me about my layout and for me it is one of the most fun aspects of blogging, I have never studied web design but I have always practised it and even did it as work experience whilst at school, this lead to studying photography at college and now media at University, they all connect in their own way. There are some obvious candidates that we can all think of, I want to include the obvious and the less obvious. Layouts that really impress me are the simple ones with no advertisements, I believe advertisements can really ruin a layout and when choosing bloggers for this post I really kept that in mind.

Park and Cube
Shini from Park&Cube has to be the master of all graphics design and fashion blogs, an influence to us all… Her blog is known for the amazing photography and organisation. It shows how she takes pride in the appearance and layout. I love black & white layouts and you can’t get better than this one.

Lilly from LLYMLRS is another obvious contender, her layout is always perfect. Clean and unique an her posts are always so well layered out. Lilly does include advertisements but very tastefully and I applaud how she hasn’t let her advertisements ruin the look/

Le Flattery
Flattery is a blog that I always remember and it is always immaculate, I spoke with Breane and she told me that the inspiration was from a random photograph she saw on the website. She loves how delicate and pretty paper cranes are, so she decided to add some in to the photo as well as some watercolour techniques because she says watercolour is her art style :) She did this all using a tablet, illustrator and Photoshop.

Carrie is the 19 year old behind the majorly sucessful She says “i’ve been creating “websites” for myself since I was about 13 years old. It’s something i’ve always loved, having my own little piece of the internet.” She uses photoshop to edit her pictures. However her blog theme was designed by:

Aviator Shades
Shari is a 21 year old Management student from the Philippines, It was her blog that actually inspired me to do this post and research some other great simple layouts that I envy. Shari’s is another clean monochrome layout and I love nothing more than black & white layout with a flash over colour that is consistent throughout the blog.

Day Dream Lily
Liss’s new blog design, was created by blogger That Unreliable Girl, and her sister created the banner.

Wild Tortoise
Jess from Canada’s layout is my favourite of them all.. I have always loved visiting the cleanness and simpleness and based around typography with some fantastic fonts.


Mat said...

some real nice stuff, it's good to know that people appreciate a nice layout, i for one am major put of a site that looks pants

FromGemWithLove said...

I really liked this post, your blog layout is lovely too! Thanks for the links xx

Rachel said...

Wow, this is such a brilliant idea for a post! For me when reading someones blog I find the layout juts as important as the content if their going to engage me or not, and you've included Lily & Carrie, two of my absolute favorites here!

ediot said...

hi darling! LOVE this post. especially because it made me find some new blogs.thanks a lot for sharing and for stopping by me. hope you're having a wonderful weekend


Chloe said...

gah cant follow a few because they dont have google friend connect on their pages :(

Lady Sophia's Lover said...

You arise beauteous in the horizon of the heavens
Oh living Aten who creates life.
When you shine forth in the Eastern horizon you fill every land with your beauty.
You are so beautiful: you are great; gleaming and high over every land.
Your rays embrace the lands and all you have created;
You are Re and reach out to all your creations, and hold them for your beloved Son.
You are afar, but your rays touch the earth;
Men see you, but know not your ways.

Thanks...sweet sugar!

northwest is best said...

I agree, I prefer simple layouts that are mainly black and white. So I really like your layout too! I'm trying to make mine more minimalist and chic, but have to do it bit by bit because I'm no web designer, and such things make my head ache.

Anonymous said...

I think your layout would be in strong contention if someone else had written this post! I love how these layouts you showcased are not cluttered. I'm always drawing inspiration to fix my own up. Great inspiring post!

Camilla. said...

I love that last one, and yours Adele!

ada xoxo said...

thanks ! xx

ada xoxo said...

thanks ! xx

Aniek said...

great post, but I like your blog layout also! It's so awesome!


Harriet said...

This is such a great post - all these layouts are beautiful. Some I've seen and admired before, and some are new to me so thanks for the introduction!

My layout is still something of a work in progress - there's a bit of a gap beeen hw it looks in my imagiation and how it looks in real life at the moment! I love yours though - it's so clean and pretty.

Shari said...

Thank you so much for featuring mine. I wasn't able to see your message to me in my Formspring until yday. I'm sorry I was not able to respond. Thanks a bunch for choosing me though! <3 You really made my day! Esp since I've always been anal with my layouts! You noticing means a lot!

Kisses! :*

michelle_ said...

thanks sooo much for sharing these lovely blog layoutsss !!
ive been dying to try a blog layout revamp.. but never got the time to do so :(

Charly said...

Aw great idea for a post, lovee Liss's header on her blog,so cute!


Rosie said...

Some blogs are just perfect, and I think presentation is so important.
Sorry to hear about your Topshop jumper - the pricetag so doesn't represent the quality with them does it?!

Rosie x

nathalie said...

I'm in love with your blog!

Jen said...

Lovely layouts, many among my favourites too! I love clean, simple blogs. I'm currently planning a total redesign and will be using all these blogs, and yours, as inspiration! :)

Kb said...

I think this is a great idea for a post as it takes some determination to think up a new blog layout. I think Shini's is my favourite, just because she has a good eye which is reflected in just about everything she does. Your layout is great too, sorta magazine like and always eye-catching.

Winnie said...

I love the simple layouts too. Especially Shini's, the wild tortoise and Carries!

Riumni Oolya said...

Inspiring layouts and yours ofcourse! Great idea. Thanks for sharing these layouts to us :)
I love your blog. Its simple but eye-catching! :)
Mind to comment back? :)

Claire said...

fab blog!!! love the way its done!!! x

Vicki said...

great post hun some of these are my favs too like daydreamlily and wishwishwish. please do another one these posts with other layouts you like, i love the inspiration! :) xo

Annching said...

Just came across this post, and wow, I really love these layouts as well. Most of them are quite simple and eye-catching at the same time.

Nnenna said...

These layouts that you've posted about are lovely!

Kate said...

Great post, you have inspired me to take a bit of time out to re-design my blog. I like it simple but I think a splash of colour would look good here and there so now I need to learn how to use blogger a bit better!!
Also thanks for the links to these blogs :) .x.

Orphaned Apparel said...

This post makes total sense, because I'm always admiring your layout. It's very obvious that you appreciate good design. :)

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