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Table of Contents
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Icons Used in This Book
Beyond the Book
Where to Go from Here
Part I: Getting Started with Blog Design
Chapter 1: Recognizing Components of a Well-Designed Blog
Knowing Why Blog Design Matters
Communicating with design
Orienting users with navigation design
Discovering How Readers Visually Travel Your Blog
Exploring how visitors click through websites
Recognizing that people are skimmers
Using Design Elements That Complement Your Message
Communicating your brand through design
Acknowledging the importance of images
Applying enough formatting
Creating a Great-Looking Blog (When You Aren’t a Designer)
Striving for simplicity
Building a blog that’s intuitive
Keeping design balanced
Staying away from clutter
Looking at Available Tools
Selecting a blogging platform
Finding an image-editing program
Using themes and templates
Exploring the importance of widgets and plug-ins
Chapter 2: Applying Core Design Principles
Providing Structure with Proximity
Grouping related content
Defining white space
Using repetition without being boring
Exploring methods to create contrast
Applying the right amount of contrast
Aligning Design Elements
Creating order through alignment
Using grids or lines to aid in placement
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your ...
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