Check a behind the scenes look at how I design a HowJoyful sketch for my header and overall new design for the blog. Back in September, when I decided that it was time for HowJoyful to have a facelift, the very first thing I did was grab some paper and a pencil to draft some ideas. Here you can see the process and final design.
I have to admit that when it comes to me as a client I am the worst, so I end up with 2 completely different ideas and 2 completely different concepts. I loved them both but I had to make up my mind and choose, and that's what you can see now on the blog.
Since I really liked one of the rejected drafts I decided that it would be nice to show you all a little bit of behind the scenes as an excuse for it to get a little exposure, I just feel sad no one got to see it!
The least I can do is give it 1 post of fame. So here it is, the poor little How Joyful that went to the trash =[
For this sketch I really liked the idea of making swirls in the shape of hearts with “How Joyful” but then I changed my mind because it seemed too busy and cutesy for my personal taste.
So I started exploring other ideas and another kind of lettering style, lines, and swirls. I ended up with probably more than 20 different drafts but this one below was runner-up =]
I still think I could do something with this, the one above was the last draft I did in ink and paper, but I also vectorized it. So, I would really like to actually do something with it since I spent so much time on that.
I think it could be another print to frame for my office, or maybe print it on fabric? I am not sure.
This was one of my first completely free-hand projects and I loved the process so much!
Now I really want to buy a new tablet to draft projects because my old one was only for PC so now I have no way to use it (the only bad thing about only having Mac products now)
So hopefully I'll get to buy one soon because I really want to get back into drawing with a tablet again.
I've received a few emails asking me for the font I used in my current header, so I want to show you where it came from. Because as you can see from the process pictures, It's all hand drawn =]
I actually didn't even have tracing paper that day, so I just started playing with the only sheet of paper I found. After my first sketch, I went over to my Mothers-in-law (She does awesome calligraphy) and asked for her advice/opinion.
We played with calligraphy pens and had a lot of fun. I was still indecisive over the two sketches because I started with such a different set of concepts for each one.
But I decided to work more on my second draft because I thought it was way too rough at first, so with a few line changes and tracing it on Illustrator, it ended up just like I wanted =]
Since I had two runner ups, I mocked some options for the new design of the blog with the new branding for HowJoyful, so let's check them out!
This option was my first pick, but after looking close to everything together, I decided the branding was too busy and opted for something that would be a little more clean.
After I scrapped the first idea, I decided to change the main branding, to me, it looked so much more clean, but it still felt like there was something missing, so I worked the blog template design to be a little more customized, and that would be how I came up with option 3!
As you can probably tell, because this is how the blog currently looks like. I decided to go for an option that looked a little more custom, with an integrated menu at the top and utilizing the sidebar as much as possible. I am so in love!
What do you think about the re-design?
And of course, I also had to add a picture of what the blog looked like before and also the first branding that I did for the blog. While I really liked it at the beginning, I think that after 2 years, it's time to evolve and create something more custom and in line with my brand =]
So now I have a bunch of rejected sketches, but I feel so sad about just tossing them! Do you have any ideas to use the runner-up?
I hope you all have a wonderful day and stay warm!