Saturday, October 30, 2010

Finally updated my masthead!!

I've been living in Switzerland for three years now, so it was getting to be time to replace the old masthead that I drew for France (the one with the word France crossed out and Switzerland written in). I spent all morning on this one, but I'm not totally thrilled with it. I'm thinking maybe I should try again...

*** ETA: OK, I redid the masthead. Here's my first attempt:

The second one is better, don't you think?

BTW, here's mo old masthead, for comparison:

Also, I've thrown away all of my sidebar junk, and I'm slowly replacing it with updated stuff. Bear with me for the moment on the missing blogroll, etc.


Holly said...

I like them both.

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks Holly!!!

As far as the first one is concerned, I felt like the map of Europe in the background made it just one design element too busy. Plus, I'd shrunken the images so small that you can't see what any of them are. And it was hard to read the title. Hence the new version. ;^)

B. Spinoza said...

I like the old one and i think France being crossed out is funny

B. Spinoza said...

I also like the cartoony lettering of the old one. The new lettering is to serious looking

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey B. Spinoza!!!

Thanks for the feedback!!

To be honest, from a design perspective, I prefer the old masthead as well -- and I liked the thing with France being crossed out. ;^)

The problem is that it was like that for so many years, and I feel like I was letting my blog go stale. I need to do some spring cleaning and dust stuff off a bit.

I'm planning to put some more effort into some more art projects soon, and I hope inspiration will strike me to come up with an even better masthead. But for the moment, I'd like to warm the ol' blog back up, and especially make it clear that I've moved on to the point of not pining for France anymore. :D

Anonymous said...

I think the second on is a little bit better, Chanson, but you can't go wrong with either one of them.

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks CafePhilos!!!

dee said...

I really like both as well -- and I also think that maybe something handwritten would be awesome -- like maybe handwrite the title instead of using a font?

Very cool, though. :-)

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks Wry!!!

Yeah, I think I'll do a handwritten title next time. :D

eric said...

I love the new masthead. However, I may be biased, given all the mastheads I've done over the years for my own blog. I found early on that an occasional change at the top keeps the blog more interesting, but most of all keeps ME more interested. I guess that's always been the most critical key to my blog. I can have one reader or a million, but if I'm not interested, nothing matters. So I throw a little creative energy to graphic design rather than writing... a win for me as well as the blog.

Keep up the good work!


C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Eric!!!

Exactly! It's as much (or more) about keeping it fresh and fun for me as it is keeping it interesting for anyone else. :D