It’s one of the things I don’t like to admit about myself, but I absolutely do judge a book by its cover. I prefer to read books that are also pretty, but I will read something that sounds appealing, even if the cover art is terrible. Sometimes, anyway. I don’t want to be a cover snob, but it is something that absolutely extends into the other areas of my life. Aesthetics matter for me, in my clothes, books, and home decor. I feel better when things are neat and pretty, with a limited color palette. I don’t care too much for whimsy, I hate kitsch (“kitsch is the absolute denial of shit”), and I deeply appreciate a good sense of design.
Goodness, I sound like such a grump.
I’d like to point out that the things I appreciate above, I only apply to myself. I’m not particularly judgmental of someone else’s blog layout. If you have good content, I’ll read.
Branding. Branding as a term also sounds so silly to me, because I do this for fun (and branding seems so business/serious), but at the same time, my blog definitely has a specific aesthetic. I prefer to keep mine minimal and organized, without gifs (even though I find them funny), but still recognizable as something I wrote/created/thought/etc. I love black and white as a color scheme, with a hint of color from time to time. I enjoy good photography and properly scaled images. I’m actually due for a bit of an update soon, and have been in the midst of planning behind the scenes. Quite honestly, and oddly, my blog is quite representative of my home, which is quite representative of personal style, and so on down the line…
At least I’m consistent?
How do you feel about blog design? Does it matter to you? What about book covers?