I’ve been more on the ball this year, and more aware of the date as I thought it would be a good moment to launch the new look, theme and functionality for Little Lewes.
The old theme was always meant to be temporary. It was called Adelle by BluChic and I customised it myself when I knew almost nothing about blogging content management systems, it was that easy. I pared it back, made it friendly, but not too girly by using grey and blue. I’ve never wanted Little Lewes only to be for mothers – it’s for dads, grandparents, carers too. I had nice comments about it, so I kept it and think it really worked for Little Lewes while I was using it.
But from day one I badgered my husband to create a new logo for me. Shows the effectiveness of nagging – it’s taken two years (and even then only because he finally said: “Stop talking to me about this while we’re giving the kids a bath, let’s schedule in some actual work time for it!”). I sent him a meeting invitation and two weeks I briefed him in his studio (well, it was pretty muddled) and then watched over his shoulder as he drew out, tweaked and coloured what you see now.
My husband hand-draws all his work, scanning it in to colour it afterwards. There were many iterations of what you see now – many. We nearly killed each other in the process (or rather, he nearly killed me). But I wanted something playful to reflect the blog’s kid-centric theme, but that has design credentials – that can fit with the lifestyle, design, food, travel, and thought-lead posts that Little Lewes sometimes features. I didn’t want it to look like a mummy blog or a kids craft blog – because it’s neither. I hoped it would have a charm to it and be nostalgic like the pictures are, while also being both a little grown up and stripped back, with a nod to mid-century design and letterforms.
I found the new theme on creativemarket.com by Googling ‘simple WordPress themes’. I totally chose it because I wanted a little Instagram gallery in the side bar! And because it’s plain and functions like the old site (I looked at and loved this for ages, but thought it would be a head scramble for you and I to get used to – and we’re all tired aren’t we).
Also now I can do slide shows and tiled galleries (posh!), which hopefully shorten my posts, as I DO like a lot of pictures… Ever-patient front-end developer Barry Bloye made the many little tweaks I wanted and am sure that, like my husband, he wants to throttle me.
Anyway, what do you think? I hope you like it. Don’t you think my fella’s done a great job? I think he nailed it – I’m super into it. I like that the S reminds me of a corkscrew rainbow slide. I couldn’t live with those damn chevrons any longer!
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