You might ask yourself: Another blog? Especially during the last years, it became enormous popular just to create an own blog for anything. If it is about fashion, design or animals – it feels like there is a blog about everything you can think of. So it‘s kind of a hard task, to create an unique and outstanding blog, but I tried my best – just have a look! This blog was created during a project in the Unit Media Design & Layout at the Queensland University of Technology.
It took me a while till I found a theme which met the requirements of my blog. Through try and error, I finally found Ryu. Ryu was created specifially for the Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter generation of personal bloggers. More specifially, it is made for bloggers who don´t necessarily spend a long time writing long articles but often post shorter ones – or just images, videos, galleries, links and so on. Therefore, supporting those post formats is a good option so that one can apply visual treatment that enhances each format´s content. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the Image format is specially popular in personal blogs.
What I like aswell is that the image in format will be displayed as wide as the page. And if you want to add some text after the image, you can use the excerpt which appears below the title like a paragraph in the standard format. The gallery format also displays galleries at full width, but it does not use the background color treatment. In addition, Ryu has no sidebar at all – yes, this is a feature. For personal blogs, the traditional sense of a sidebar is often less important and filled with junk that its readers just simply ignore. Filling pages with stuff has never helped usability, so the designer wanted the readers to concentrate on the most important thing – the content. Widgets and footer do not exist in that way due to Ryu was designed with Infinite Scroll first in mind. This really enhances the reader´s experience on blogs that have shorter posts. For the widget lovers, there is still an optional widget area that appears in the togglable panel at the top if you configure widgets. In general, this theme has no menue – the author really wanted to make the designer think about using a menue only if it needs one. At least, this theme is a responsive design.
“The more I learn, the more I realize how far I am from the end of my journey.” – Ryu
Ryu uses grand typography. Grand here is both magnificent and big in size. That the reader has to adjust the font on the screen is now a thing of the past. Ryu uses 23px for body text and for entry titles, it´s 68px. As I wanted to go for a large font size, I chose Abril Fatface. It´s stylish and beautiful at the same time. The designer originally uses the similar font Playfair Display which has kind of similarities with Abril. Georgia lookes great when paired with Abril – I didn´t stick to the creators idea here and only went for two different fonts. Abril Fatface in combination with Source Sans Pro. The second one is used for the body and still provides good readability as Georgia does. In the original plan, it was Lato which gave visual contrast and hierarchy. It was used in all-caps in post meta, navigations and site title. I think, these to typefaces fit relatively well to each other as they are very different. Abril is a serif font, Source is a non-serif one.
Related to the fact that „STACK Magazines“ is my dream future employer, the font Source Sans Pro is similar to their font Tablet Gothic Condensed Bold – it shows the same simplicity but in a slightly different way. So this is basically why I went for especially these fonts.
Of course I was concerned about the colour palette of my blog. Due to the fact that my dream employer „STACK-Magazines“ uses the particular colour RGB (243, 187, 194) but at the same time relies on a simple, clean, subtle and minimalistic design, I went for this colour as my background. This fits in a way to the black buttons and the black font.
My blog theme | Oh Ryu!
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Once I had a dream
Maria Anna Kriegmaier
KJB103_Media Design & Layout
Tutor: Brad Turner