Thursday, January 21, 2010

a good blog is clean

Like all visual communication, it's important to keep your blog looking neat, clean and to the point.  If you're going to add additional elements, make sure you incorporate the space they take up into your overall visual design.  For example, if you're going to add a photo, make sure you wrap the text around the photo and don't simply leave it hanging out there in it's own little world.  Some text editors give you more specific control over your image placement.  Often you'll see "image property" settings that allow for "V space" and "H space"  Essentially, that's simply the vertical or horizontal distance between an image and text.  Running the text up against the image looks bad and generally unprofessional.

Something else to consider is hyper-linking.  If you find a website that you want to share, it's way better to do it like this as opposed to this. .  So if you want to talk about Michael Jordan then you might look here for more information.

Lorem Ipsum is a great website to go in order to generate random text to play with layout and design.

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