A new look!

new-site

I’m so excited to share something that’s been in the works for a while — a new design for my site! As far as the aesthetics go, the changes aren’t too drastic — just a couple of font updates, in the same families, but fonts that I felt were a bit more polished and represent my brand better. I guess after a few years of constant redesigns, I’ve finally settled into something that will be around for the long haul!

The big changes here are really to the overall layout and structure of the site. My old design was fine, but it was really starting to feel too cluttered for me with everything boxed in. My main goal was to simplify. The portfolio in particular was a place I really wanted to simplify — while I liked the design, it was too much work to actually update it (in fact, I hadn’t updated it in a year — how embarrassing!). Now it’s just a matter of uploading a screenshot, writing a few notes, and adding a link.

Another thing I really wanted to do was rethink the design of my blog. With my last design, my blog was still heavily focused on graphics and images, and I wanted those to be front and center. Now my blog is more about the writing — the graphics are really just there for people who want to pin blog posts. So now you can read a short excerpt before clicking over to the full post. Related posts are now at the bottom of each post as well with excerpts. Also, the site is now responsive, so you can read easy on your mobile devices.

Finally, I’m pretty excited about the signup page for my email list — now it’s easy to share with friends! You’ll also have access to the archive of previous emails once you sign up, so you can catch up on the ones you missed.

I hope this look behind my new design helps you think about how you can improve your own website! And if you’re reading in a feed reader, be sure to click over and browse the new design!

19 Comments

  1. Allyssa wrote:

    It looks great Lisa! Not gonna lie, I just sat there scrolling up and down watching the Elembee logo shrink and grow.

    PS: I love how you put your related posts below the comment section. I read something the other day about how putting them before the comments leads people elsewhere before they have a chance to comment. I actually think they stand out more below the comments too, which is a win-win! Might have to implement that myself.

    Posted 2.19.14
    • I did this too! Glad I wasn’t the only one 🙂

      It looks amazing!

      Posted 2.23.14
  2. Caroline wrote:

    Love the refined look, Lisa!

    Posted 2.19.14
  3. Love this, especially the portfolio. So clean and simple!

    Posted 2.19.14
  4. Niki Caron wrote:

    I love it!! And it’s so cool how the header shrinks smaller as you scroll down. It looks great!

    Posted 2.19.14
  5. Holly wrote:

    I thought your site already looked lovely before!

    Posted 2.19.14
  6. Katerina wrote:

    I have to say I liked it before as well but this definitely I great change! Much better!

    Posted 2.19.14
  7. Kristin M. wrote:

    As expected …. clean, crisp and always fun with the bright pops of colors! I love it !!

    P.S. I love the new “Join the Conversation” verbiage as well. Well said!

    Posted 2.19.14
  8. Super smart updates! Always looked fantastic, but I really like your upgrade. 🙂

    Posted 2.19.14
  9. This is beautiful!!! I absolutely love it. I’m going to have to pick your brain properly one day on how you work your magic. 😉

    Posted 2.20.14
  10. Kate wrote:

    This looks awesome, Lisa! And I love how you’ve tailored your design to fit your new direction. Congrats!

    Posted 2.20.14
  11. Jovana wrote:

    The new design is so lovely! I like the header a lot and is it just me or is the sidebar much cleaner now as well? Great work! 🙂

    Posted 2.21.14
  12. Alice wrote:

    My favourite thing about redesigns or anything like it is when you make a model of it, to show it’s responsive – how it looks like on different devices, like the Apple family you have up there 🙂 I hope I’m making sense here.

    anyway, your site looks great!

    -A

    Posted 2.25.14
  13. I love it! I am currently in the process of updating my own portfolio, but I had the smart idea to code it entirely. I can easily do it, but I do miss the ease of updating pages that WordPress has to offer. I love the new look though!

    Posted 3.7.14
  14. Looks beautiful! Good work!

    Posted 3.8.14
  15. Michelle wrote:

    I love your new look, Lisa!

    Posted 3.16.14
  16. Janine wrote:

    I love the redesign. So simply to use and so clean. Your work and your words really shine!

    Posted 3.18.14
  17. Anthony wrote:

    I like the website a lot. I’m planning an overhaul, redesign for my website, and yours certainly is a big inspiration. I also like the copy on your site, it’s personal and basically it’s a conversation.

    I’m also impressed with your blog. I’m wondering is this a custom build blog system, or are you using some blog service?

    greetings,

    Anthony

    Posted 3.19.14
  18. Foredi Gel wrote:

    Great share and information. Goodluck!

    Posted 4.14.15

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