Monday, March 18, 2013

New Design by Creative Soul Spectrum

So by now you have probably noticed that I have a slightly new look here at Prim and Propah. About a month ago, I was chatting with my girl, Amy of Creative Soul Spectrum, about how she works with her ads and Passionfruit. She was a helpful little bunny in giving me some information and we got to chatting about how I don't actually have ads designed for my blog. That's when Amy offered her services to create some custom ads for the ol' blog. I jumped at the chance and asked her while we were at it, if she could help me spruce up the look of the blog as well. I knew that she designed her own Blogger blog, so I trusted she would do a stellar job with mine... and I was right. The process was fun, Amy was a great listener and my end result is a sleeker look and more focused side bar.

We started with the direction that I wanted to go. I told Amy that I wanted a "flow" to the look, a more professional appearance. I wanted a similar color palette, for the header texts to be fancy and an overall fun feel. I also wanted the ads to match the design so that there was an overall cohesion between these things. Amy took that information and ran with it. Within a few days, we had our design round one. Amy sent over a spec sheet with colors, banner shots as well as what the header would look like. She was great about taking the things that I liked and moving forward with some small changes that I wanted. Round one changes included a new, funner font.

Within a few days, Amy sent me another batch of font options. She found some fun options for me but had to remove my hand sewing art, as they didn't fit within the different styled fonts. I was actually OK with this change, though I still wanted to bring something whimsical and meaningful into both the header and the ads that Amy would create for me. I chose font #2, SC Tina's Baby Shower and asked Amy what she thought about adding a needle and thread detail. One thing I learned about Amy's process is that she is willing to make tweaks throughout the whole thing. She was super friendly and helpful in what was truly a collaborative design process. It was only a few more days when Amy sent what would be the final design. She took the needle and thread, ran with it and created an adorable, yet still sleek/stylish design for Prim and Propah.
All in all, I was extremely pleased with not just the design, but the process. It was quick, efficient and most of all, Amy worked with me to create something I was really happy with. I would recommend her services to anyone on any day. If you have any graphic design requests, I am sure Amy would be more than willing to have a chat with you about it. Be sure to check out her design process for Boston Young Women in Digital's logo. It looks fierce. My fave places to find her? You can visit her very stylish blog, Creative Soul Spectrum, follow her on Twitter and visit her Facebook page.

What do you think of the new Prim and Propah design?


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  2. The new design looks great - such pretty colours and fonts! Amy seems like a very good designer :-)

    Emily x

  3. She was really great to work with too! I highly recommend her <3

  4. Looks so good! Email me if you want to swap blog buttons!

  5. I love your blog and would love to swap buttons. Let me know if you are interested,

  6. I'd love to swap ads! I'll shoot you an email later.

  7. I'd love to swap ads! I'll shoot you an email later. xoxo

  8. Wow, she did a great job! Love the shades of red/pink and the needle/thread up top!

  9. Amanda it was so great working with you! I'm so glad that you're happy with the final design. Thank you for all of the wonderful compliments, you're a doll! :)

  10. Thanks Lisa! I think she did a great job too!

  11. I know, right? Thanks for stopping by Aileen! Love your blog!

  12. Well, I happen to think you are a doll as well... so there!

  13. Cool design with easy to identify tools and colors! Cool! I want to redesign mine soon too :)

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  14. super professional and cute-as-a-button


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