Pattern Guide

There are so many different patterns out there that are fun to incorporate in web design. Patterns can add personality and charm in places that sometimes feel empty.  Many times, though, clients aren’t quite sure how to explain to their designer which pattern they would like to use. So today we wanted to share this handy dandy pattern guide so you’ll never again need to try to describe a pattern–you can just use its name. Easy, right?
 
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Which pattern is your favorite? I am really into the Grunge look right now, but I’m also loving Ikat and Greek Key. It’s hard to pick just one!

Posted by Erika S.

20 Free Fonts that won’t fail you

Let’s face it.  There are loads of free fonts out there.  When I started collecting fonts several years ago I was so thrilled to find so many available for free.  If there had ever been a Hoarders: Font Edition I would definitely been on the first season.  It was a problem.

As I did more and more design work I realized that not all free fonts are created equal.  While several are fun, some are more dependable than others.  I slowly began deleting fonts that weren’t very professional or were a little sloppy in their delivery.

At Designer Blogs we are always here to help you make the most of your presence on the web so today we are sharing 20 free fonts that won’t fail you when you are in a typography pickle.  These fonts will always look clean and tidy and will make a great impression, no matter your project.

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Posted by: Emily

Featured Design | The G-Free RD

CarolineMoodBoardWe were ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Caroline of The G-Free RD on her custom blog design. Caroline is an aspiring registered dietitian (RD) who learned in high school that she has severe gluten intolerance. She now lives a gluten-free life and shares all of her mouth watering gluten-free recipes on her blog. As a nutritionist and future RD, she not only shares great recipes, but valuable nutrition facts and insights that give credibility to her recipes. Our talented designer Kristin was assigned to Caroline’s project and worked closely with Caroline to create an absolutely stunning blog design. Here’s a look at the finished product:

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Kristin’s take on the project:

I wish I could adequately express how much I enjoyed working on this design. It was such a mix of serendipitous inspirations and calculated searching for specific design elements. When we tracked down the perfect deer, we were both like kids at a birthday party treasure hunt. I’ve never met Caroline, but we worked so well together and really caught the same vision. I adore the feminine watercolor washes and the quirky flower crown on that beautiful deer. Caroline has a fantastic style and communicated it beautifully. She made this project a total dream to work on. Go check her out!

about-meCaroline’s Testimonial:

I loved how quick and simple the redesign process was. Kristin made my vision come to life and I truly love it! I was impressed with how quickly it was finished and loved the creative design and mood board she made. I felt like my voice was heard and she was quick to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend Designer Blogs, it was money well spent! I can now be proud of how clean and professional my blog looks.

Be sure to check out The G-Free RD for all of your gluten-free recipe needs!

Posted by Erin

Free Seamless Striped Backgrounds (Part II)

striped-backgroundSince we received so many requests for additional color choices with our last set of free seamless striped backgrounds, we thought we’d throw some more at ya! This pack includes six more ready to use .jpg files and six Photoshop pattern files with instructions on how to use them. You can find part I HERE. Enjoy!


 
Posted by Kate

Don’t Ever Change | Valentine Printable

In place of a Valentine’s Day class party this year, my 2nd grader is having a “Manner’s Luncheon” where they will be practicing good manners. All of the students have been told to wear their Sunday best clothes. The gentlemen will be serving the ladies their lunches, soft dinner will be playing and a special dessert will be served. How stinkin’ cute is that? Although they aren’t having a class party, they will still be exchanging Valentine’s that day, so I thought I’d share the Valentine my little guy will be passing out this year:

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To create them you will need:

  • the printable linked below printed on bright white card stock paper (I recommend having them professionally printed for the best quality)
  • scissors
  • stapler & staples
  • milk chocolate gold coins (you can find them at Zurchers)
  • 2.5″ wide x 6″ tall plastic baggies (also can be found at Zurchers)–however, you’ll need to cut about an inch off the tops

 
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Enjoy!

Featured Design | Frugal Mom Eh!

FrugalMomMoodBoardWe thoroughly enjoyed working with Elizabeth of Frugal Mom Eh! on her new custom blog designFrugal Mom Eh! was started in July of 2012 and has quickly grown into a trusted Canadian parenting blog. Elizabeth offers top-notch parenting advice alongside brilliant DIY projects and delicious recipes! Our talented designer Kristin was assigned to Elizabeth’s project and worked closely with Elizabeth to create a sophisticated, yet stand out blog design. Here’s a look at the finished product:

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Kristin’s take on the project:

I really loved working with Elizabeth on her new design. She was a dream of a client, always responding to my e-mails quickly and thoroughly, and she really knew what she wanted–though she didn’t know it when we started! :) I love being able to take different components and mesh them into one cohesive design. She knew she wanted to have a circular watermark, but not necessarily a circular logo, so we worked together to give her something that could seamlessly connect the two and included some great pops of red with her neutral layout as a nod to her Canadian home. Go check her out!

Elizabeth’s Testimonial:

I was incredibly impressed by my experience with Designer Blogs and Kristin for my custom blog design. I really had no idea where I wanted to go with design other than a clean look. Kristin was able to quickly come up with a header and design that perfectly meshed with my blog and my personality. This wasn’t my first blog design, but it was my first with Designer Blogs and I was blown away with the quick turn around, friendly but professional communication and of course the quality of the design. I will definitely be coming back for custom designs with my other blogs and definitely recommend both Kristin and Designer Blogs if you are looking for an affordable yet professional looking custom blog design!

Be sure to hop on over to Frugal Mom Eh! to check it out!

February Desktop Background

february-desktop-backgroundHappy love month! Today we are bringing to you our free February desktop background inspired by the adorable Valentine’s bag toppers we shared on our blog last year. Stay tuned for this years free Valentine printable.

5XOXO!

For personal use only.

Color Love | Pretty Pastels

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Oh my goodness, don’t these cookies look delish? This pretty pastel color palette uses soft and muted colors and when used in web design, can create some of the most elegant designs. Designs that use washed out, desaturated colors appear clean and light and are amazingly easy on the eye. If you are drawn to this color scheme, you might like our Kathryn design found in our $15 Blogger template shop.

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ETSYWe’re excited to announce that Designer Blogs is now on Etsy!

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Because We Love You.

custom-sale680If you’ve been dreaming of someday upgrading your design to a stylish, one-of-a-kind custom blog or website design, now’s your chance! Now through January 31st 11:59 MST get 25% off the BASE PACKAGE PRICE on any custom blog design or custom website design. This is our biggest custom design sale of the year, so don’t miss it!

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