Are you curious at all about the massive transformation the blog went through last week? Well let me tell you about it!
When I decided I wanted to redesign Caviar Dreams, I thought I had the power to do it all myself (even though I have no training or knowledge about internet coding). It took only one weekend for me to realize I was delusional and needed real help. Although I did pretty well through design school, I had to face it–it’s tough designing for yourself!
I knew what vibe I wanted to portray and I knew that my current layout wasn’t working, but I had no clue where to start. What I did know, however, was how talented Victoria is (not only for her own blog, but her business too), so I shot her an email asking her what she could do for me.
Victoria was speedy with emails, quick to understand what I wanted, and just a peach to work with. We started the design process by me (Amanda helped too) creating an inspiration board on Pinterest to help her not only get a feel of who am as I a blogger, but what I was looking for in order to up my game. I was definitely looking for something clean yet interesting, which relates to my minimal/eclectic aesthetic. As you can guess, it took a lot of pins for me to feel comfortable offering my ideas to Victoria, but I knew we were good from her first moodboard she created for me. I honed in on a few key elements and we went from there.
The most difficult part of a redesign (for me at least) was accepting the change. I knew if I were to have redesigned my own site, it would have felt disjointed (I have a tendency to not know when to stop designing). But when working with someone else, my time and energy weren’t swaying me into settling for something I wasn’t in love with. I could look at a proposal with fresh eyes and I’d know in about three seconds if I liked it or not. And Victoria provided me lots of options to choose from. It was really about the header for most of the design process, and after that we talked sidebar, social media buttons, and menu bar. In the end, it took around 100 emails to get everything figured out!
I am so thankful there are people in the world like Victoria that can take my dreams and make them work. I never thought my blog could look as lovely as it does. I highly recommend Victoria for any design services you may need.
Are you someone who can design for yourself? Or would you be happier with something someone else created for you? Does the design of a blog affect your readership, or do you base it solely on content?
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