What do you guys think?
almost 2 years ago
Linen, really? The rest looks great though :)
Better! That ribbon marker reminds me of book (old fashion cook books).
I do dig this one with the ribbon, but the wood background on #1 is nice.
Think about her audience too, Sean (mostly women ;-))
And I like the linen actually.
Great work :). But I agree with Sean, Linen, really? Ha
Really nice work Sean. I loved the overall layout of the last comp better but the styling and color in this one. Very nice work!
I think this is actually one of the rare times where Linen is acceptable :P Lovely work
I like them both but I think the wooden one takes the (low calorie) cake.
The ribbon for the navigation is very clever (and an appropriate metaphor, as Inka points out).
Really liked the color scheme.
What is the icon on Learn how to .... button supposed to represent?
lol at the ribbon comments... i tried telling her but once i showed her it she loved it... women.
@Matthew - eggs haha
Ah, makes more sense now. Not sure if I would of figured it out on my own though. Otherwise very nice!
Whoa, did you do the illustrations?
Beautiful, Sean! Yeah, I second Rogie--you draw these?
I really prefer the previous one. This seems a bit more predictable. And I'm personally not a fan of the type in this mark. The overall layout is super strong though.
@Rogie & Darren - Nope, not sure if im going to use them- content holders for now. They are istock that I customized (that blonde used to be brunette haha)
This looks great Sean; both options work really well. Looks like your wife decided to take her blog in more of a full website direction. Does she have any concern with her readers adapting to less of a continuous feed layout? My wife also has a blog (sometimes she posts about food too) and I've suggested that she considers moving to a full site format but she insists on the simplicity of a blog format. Anyway, it's a bit off topic, but I'd love to hear her (and your) thoughts on this.
Again, looks really great though. I know designing for your wife can be tough! haha
@Kevin - We had many discussions about this. The biggest thing was that she wanted her site to look more like a business than a blog. She will be selling a cookbook, monthly meal plans, and healthy goodie baskets so it was important for her to have a site that allowed people to see those options upfront.
She/we have also considered a number of different layouts for the actual recipes themselves... something more cookbookish and less bloggy.
I think it's something that the readers will have to get used too, but I think it's for the better.
And yes, designing for your wife can be very tough... (this is the 8th comp haha)
In response to the "how fitting linen is, think about her audience" - I feel like that's sort of sexist, since a lot of men also cook and it the ribbon just seems too "ehhh" and overdone to me - how does that correlate to cooking and how was that chosen over all of the other imagery there could possibly be when one thinks about cooking/baking/being in the kitchen? I understand the throwback to old cookbooks, but the ribbons I have in my mother's cookbooks (only 1 or 2 out of the 30-40 she has) have a flat edged bottom, not a nifty cut out one. And considering this is a bit more modern and the meals are MUCH more healthier than the past - and considering these are alternatives to other recipes, I think this would be lost on a younger audience.
I frequent dashing dish quite a bit, but I think the linen plus the color makes it a little drab. I dig the wood because the content pops out, but I like this layout and style much better. I don't think it needs a linen texture to scream "home made" "soft" and "feminine" as all of the other features in this layout already give off that feeling. I would love to see an alternative to the linen in this to make the content pop.... that being said, I still like the wood.
The eggs sort of come off as a ren and stimpy-esque butt to me or a round fortune cookie. Again I am also not sure how this correlates and think there might be an easier to understand visual for this button.
With that being said, I still love everything about it minus the linen. The colors are perfect and eyecatching, the layout is very cute and the style is much more feminine, with or without the illustrations at the bottom, which might look even better if the colors were changed around to look consistent with the layout, but I wouldn't mind if they were actual photographs instead of images of the same elements, but mixed up a bit. I really like this version better than the american apparel, heavy text style of the other layout.
Hope this doesn't come off TOO harsh, but I wasn't a fan of that "think of the audience" comment and wanted to add my own bit.
@Elisa - I could tell :)
Elisa, I'm a little confused on a particular item in your comment: "think of the audience" was "sexist," but then you call this style "feminine" in an appreciative way.
(BTW, not trying to be hostile in any way; just thought that you were somewhat inconsistent. And BTW#2, point taken on the ribbon being overused. Though, I personally think it's rather unique in this case.)
I'm a woman and I made the "think of the audience" comment :-)
Wood background has been used a lot too. Anyhoo... both are good, and at the end of the day, it is Katie's (Sean's wife) decision. Peace!
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