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Hey there! You may have noticed that Parchment Girl has a new look. This is my fourth redesign in just over six years and I am incredibly excited about it!
I am a bit of a web design fanatic and I thought it would be fun to look back at the last three incarnations of Parchment Girl.
When I first launched this blog, I wanted it to be beautiful, so I did some research and ended up hiring Darcy of Graphically Designing (now One Happy Studio, owned by another designer). At the time, it seemed like all the cool blogs had a tabbed widget area in their sidebar, and I was so excited to have one of my own! I loved this design, but eventually, I realized that it was time to move on from the khaki content area to something a little more modern.
Enter Tekeme Studios (now ThinkCap Design Studios). I wanted a design that had more whitespace but still gave off a charming old-world vibe. I was crazy about the design but unfortunately, I followed the developer’s recommendation to switch from the Genesis Framework to Elegant Themes. The front end looked beautiful, but the backend was primitive by comparison. Eventually, I realized it was time to switch back to Genesis.
[tweetthis]A Brief Illustrated History of Parchment Girl[/tweetthis]
By 2015 the winds of WordPress design had shifted and high quality premade designs were quickly becoming all the rage. No more did you have to spend $1,000+ to hire someone to create a beautiful, custom look! That’s when I discovered Shay Bocks, the brilliant designer behind Feast Design Co. She created Foodie (later upgraded to Foodie Pro), the most customizable Genesis child theme I had ever seen. I buckled down, learned how to wield the magical power of Photoshop, and created my first logo from scratch.
My design skills have improved a lot in the last eighteen months. In a case of perfect timing, Shay Bocks released her latest theme, Cook’d Pro, this summer, shortly after I started toying with the idea of rebranding my blog once again. I’m really pleased with the new look and I can’t wait to see how Parchment Girl grows in the coming year!
What do you think of the new design?