Wait, don’t click away—you’re at the right place. You’re at Simple Mom. I mentioned awhile back that the blog was getting a facelift. Well—here it is! Definitely the biggest change since its inception in five years. What do you think? Wait, only tell me if it’s complimentary. Just kidding—I really want to know what you think.
(If you’re reading this via email or RSS reader, click over to the blog to see the redesign.)
I had several goals with this redesign, the main one being meeting my personal need for a big change. Aside from some experimental designs the first year of the blog’s life, Simple Mom has more or less looked the same. I thrive on change, so I was hankerin’ for a big new look.
Secondly, I wanted something that would showcase what I think is the best part of this online community—the content. I wanted to make it front-and-center, while still making everything else findable. The most recent post is RIGHT HERE, in nice, big, clean typography.
Third, I wanted it to be painfully easy to see who was writing what post. Including me, there are now TWENTY-THREE regular writers on Simple Mom. 23! That’s a lot. The writers here take time to publish great stuff, so I wanted to make sure readers could see their faces right away. (Note: I know it’s hard to see who wrote which post when you’re reading via email or via an RSS reader. We’re working on that…)
Also to know: As I mentioned earlier, Simple Bites is staying on with our ad partner, so that site will have a very similar look soon, too. We’re planning on a nifty recipe index there, making it super-easy to find what you need. Stay tuned!
And finally, it’s time for the acceptance speech. Massive, huge, unbelievable thanks to the design talent and prowess behind Brian Gardner and Rafal Tomal, the brains behind this design. Brian’s the founder of the Genesis WordPress premium theme and a partner with Copyblogger, and Rafal is part-wizard, apparently.
Applause also goes to Connie Gabbert, who designed the new logo. She’s an illustrating genius, which makes me incredibly psyched to have her also design the cover for my next book, which will be out early next year!
This redesign is still a work in progress, so if you see tweaks, please let us know! Leave a comment below, or contact us here, and choose “There’s something wrong with the site.” (Keep your comments more to stuff like broken links and missing pages, and less on stuff like you not being a fan of the kelly green. Because, well, I love kelly green. Thanks.)
So… What do you think?