Friday, February 4, 2011

Blog Redesign!

Here's the thing.

I'd really love to change the look of my blog. You know, make it look clean and cool and aesthetically scrumptious. The kind of blog you look at and your heart rate drops a little and you sigh and you feel transported to a riverbed of cool colors and sparse words and chunky visual beauty that soothes your soul--kind of like a throat lozenge, except for your eyes.
The truth is, although I've never taken any art classes or anything, I kind of suspect that I have a natural gift for drawing, and for most of the visual arts. I just see things.

You should see the drawings I do for my clients to aid their understanding of deep psychological concepts. They are seriously so good.

Anyway, to start out the blog renovation, I'm contemplating a redesign of my logo. The one I have now I kind of accidentally made when I was making something else in paint, and then I just slapped it up! It's seriously not a big deal, but I bet you don't know of a lot of people that can claim they've done that.

I've worked up several options that I'm going to kind of try out here. I don't wanna be cocky, but I think you better get ready to experience an eyegasm. That's how visually stunning this stuff is. (Was that a really dirty thing to say? If so I'm sorry, but I just couldn't find another way to describe what your eyes might do when you scroll down.)

Option one is a very beautiful chartreuse with a script that is white and ethereal. Much like clouds.

I do really like that one a lot, but I'm not sure how to get it the right shape. But I can always just leave it in there like that--I think the unusual blocky formation adds an individual feel. Like this blog isn't like all the other blogs out there. This place is different.

Another option I was thinking was this:

I actually really love this one, because this font, comic sans, is so dreamy (It's so bold and serious looking, with just a hint of "I've got pizazz!") I couldn't fit the rest of the phrase "where dreams come true" on there, and at first it just said "where dreams come" but I thought that was inappropriate, so I changed it. I'm guessing people will totally know what I mean, though.

A third option is this one:

I think this one is really quite unique. First, there's the pirate-looking font which boasts an air of antiquity and nobility. That's definitely a feel I could get behind. But then, when you look a little deeper, there's this strange conundrum represented, Weed being my name which is good, but also a drug which is very, very bad. I think the polarity of these two extremes represented in such contrast and counterpoint in one heading is really quite thought provoking. Don't you?

What really, really got me excited though was when I touched it up with some color.

Yeah, pinch yourself. That just happened.

So, on top of the depth I already outlined, now the background is green which is, I'm not exaggerating, so multifaceted in meaning. I mean, think about it,  Weed the drug is green, then weeds the plant are green, and then my favorite color? Yeah. Green. And my good eye that doesn't have have of the iris cut out of it? I'm gonna stop before I actually blow your mind and you get brain-splatter all over your computer.

Anyway, these are just some sketches. You know, some quick and dirty work-ups. I haven't decided on anything. I'd love to hear your opinions though! Oh, and if anybody out there wants to try to make one for me that says "The Weed" and looks cool or whatever, I'd totally take it into consideration. But, like, seriously, think about it before you submit something--you and I both don't want you to embarrass yourself.


  1. Oh PLEASE do not use that squiggly font. @.@ I think I got dizzy just looking at it.

  2. nice picture... you should have a flip folder.
    you need photoshop to do cool things with fonts.

  3. Oh how I wish I can change the look of my page at will. I'm terrified to change anything on my Blogger design, just in case...whooosh, in one fell swoop all my stories and photos would disappear...

    I like "The Weed" with the smiley and green background.

    I always wonder how people can actually DRAW on blogs. I tried doing that on my laptop screen and all I have now is a thin line that remains there forever.

  4. Goodness Josh, you crack me up!!! I'd definitely agree with Chrissy, that squiggly font, particularly on green, is what blew my mind, not your obvious genius! Having said that, there's obviously so much genius in that ( head of yours, I think you could change it every day and never run out of awesomeness ;)



  5. And I'm still laughing at Grandpa's drawing on the computer screen comment!!!


  6. I'm digging the squiggly lines and the green background. It rocks!

    Oh penis envy - I'm pretty sure when it was mentioned on an episode of big band theory I about died from laughing so hard!

    A throat lozenge for the eyes....sounds interesting.

  7. I love the cartoon. :) My favorite color is also green, which might be why your blog (at the moment) looks kinda like mine). I vote for the chalkboard one--I don't think I could look at that crazy font more than once. A belated hello from a fellow crusader. *waves*

  8. lol @ drawing

    perhaps the first green...but I like piratey writing too...I don't know ,I can never make up my mind about anything.

  9. I like The Weed - where dreams co

    because that's so adhd of you. But they are all good. :)

  10. This could only be better if it had the color yellow in it :-)

  11. love the picture i'm the queen of stick people

  12. Reading this post has been the most agonizing event of my morning. I am very sick. My throat hurts very bad. And contrary to popular belief, laughter is not the best medicine.

  13. *snicker* Yeah, I think you and I in a room of kindergarten art supplies might just be dangerous. My skills are similar (though I know a couple people who help me.)

  14. Your post on facebook had a thumbnail that pretty much just had "penis" handwritten on it and nothing else. I tell you what, you know how to drive that webtraffic.

    For your blog, I think you need a photo of a dandelion (maybe a puffy white one with some floating away... like your attention span), and an unusual font from piknik like... Well, I'll just whip it up.

  15. I love "Where dreams co", holy crap that made me laugh. I would seriously consider that one.

  16. i'm going to flex my designer muscles and suggest "The Weed Wacker: Time to Wack Some Weeds", "Weediculous", and "Weedasaurus Rex" with of course your head on a T-Rex's body.

    you can thank me later.

  17. I LOVE the first drawing, so I think it needs to be incorporated somehow. But I officially cast my vote for number 3. Its mysterious. It draws people, "where dreams what? Is it, co. as in an abbreviation for company...what-is-it???" Well, I'll tell you..its captivating is what it is...It so gets my vote. Go #3 whoot! whoot! whoot!

  18. What do you mean drugs are really bad???? Nobody told me that!!

  19. Here's what I think, because you asked, and I am feeling very helpful and creative:

    Use the names of other publications that have things that grow in them like "The Onion," for example.(I can really only think of that one.) Make their font really, super tiny. Then make yours all big and obnoxious and just circle your title "THE WEED." It will highlight the importance and uniqueness of your blog.
    Oh! Oh! You could include "The Farmer's Almanac" as well--it helps PEOPLE grow things!

    OR you could take a picture of THAT POSTER that still hangs in your office-ironically. You know..."Never, never quit..." and you could add "...reading THE WEED."

  20. I agree with coach above that you need some sort of dandelion reference, and I liked the idea of having the little white poofs floating off in the air like your words floating out to the masses.

  21. I like the dandelion reference, but make the background green . . . either like blades of grass or just whatever shade of green is your favorite.

  22. Oh, my gosh! (Mormon mother swearing). I love your blog. I just happened to stumble upon it today and I can't tell you enough how much I needed your humor. The laughed-so-hard-my-eyes-leaked kind of belly laugh. Perfect.

    I'm excited to check out some of your other posts as well. And as a mother of a teen with ADHD, I'm going to check out your tab above too.

    Bravo! You made my day.

  23. Oh just give me a little time. I'll have a title image, a badge, a logo, and a background for you in no time! Bwahahaha!

  24. I really like the look you have now...kind of newspaper-ish.

    But I also like Coach's idea. Very cool.


  25. Submitting my logo idea there a prize for best logo? Cause I'm pretty happy with the way mine turned out. Just sayin...

  26. Okay, I know I already commented once (I'm gonna try not to stalk you. Okay, maybe just a little bit but not like stalk you-stalk you. That would be creepy)

    I enjoyed your blog so much, I gave you a shout out on mine. People need to follow you. They just do :)

    Keep making me laugh.

  27. Another option: use the pirate font on the green background, but just write "The Weed" and don't use all caps (they're hard to read.) Plus, make the font big.

    But actually, the current one is better than the new options (except for my suggestion, of course. :-))

  28. LOL! Josh! You are a hoot! And if that comment tells you a bit about where I'm from...(shrug) I like the first one. Of course, I may be biased toward chalk boards having spent 25 years teaching. ; ) Seriously, I'm another Crusader and I'm glad to meet you. You are going to keep me LOL. I know it.

  29. Hey Josh, I found your via Angela's shout out @ . She said you're funny and I have to agree. Love the drawing, btw. It's a masterpiece.

  30. Hi Josh. I just came over from Angela's blog as well, and I've been taking a look around your blog, enjoying it very much.

    I like the logo you touched up with lime green. It reaches out to me.

  31. OMG, still laughing at the envy cartoon. I think I'm scarred for life (or for the next five minutes).

  32. I think you are Angela Scott's celebrity crush.

    Can I have your autograph, celebrity?

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