A witty, pretty makeover

Welcome to the new Witty Title Here.

If you’re reading this in an email, pop on over to the site for a look at the brand-new design.

a Witty Title Here makeover

Snazzy, no?

A redesign had been on my mind for weeks, and I finally settled on a look I’m happy with. This space was ready for a fresh update (I had the old design for nearly two years), and I’m in love with the new look and vision. The background! That header!

Let’s talk about possibly the biggest change of all: the switch to a single-column layout. I’d noticed a handful of my favorite bloggers making the switch to a sidebar-free layout recently (namely Kate and Alexandra), and that really appealed to me. Why did I choose to get rid of my own sidebar? I was always fiddling with it, worrying that it might be too cluttered. I kept whittling it down until I realized everything that was there could go in the header, footer and navigation bar instead.

So I spent a lot of time reorganizing the content into distinct categories with dropdown menus at the top, plus I made the footer a much more functional space by adding features like an email subscribe box and social media icons. And this layout puts the focus where it should be—on the content.

Everything you see on the site was created with intention—including the background and header. The background (courtesy of MichLg at Creative Market) has a cool handwritten look to it (sort of even looks like a “W” for “witty,” right?) and I gave my logo a custom look by following this tutorial at Nectar Collective to turn my Witty Title Here stamp (below) into an image for the web. I had a lot of fun creating every element, and I was laser-focused the entire time.

Witty Title Here

Finding that kind of focus felt good—I didn’t fall into the usual distraction traps, and I think that means I’m on the right track. This design reflects that kind of focus I want to tap into more this year.

That’s why in 2015, I plan to make “focus” a recurring theme in this space.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of honing in on a meaningful theme that serves as a guide throughout the year. So in the coming months, I’m going to talk a lot about focus and how you and I both can zero in on the most important (and often most neglected) aspects of our everyday lives—our health, our relationships, our money—to get more out of the longterm.

2015 is going to be a pretty big year in my life. I’ll finish grad school this spring, and what happens after that is still a mystery to me at this point. I can think of no better time to get serious about giving my attention to the things that will move me forward and letting go of anything that might hold me back.

Anyone who’s ever changed their hairstyle dramatically knows the power that change holds. This redesign feels like that. I can’t wait to show you what I mean.

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  1. I looooove a good redesign! I change it up on my blog whenever I don’t feel like writing anymore, and all of sudden, I’m reenergized. Probably because I’m really into the beginning of things and not so into the rest of it (i.e. the hard stuff). The new site looks great, Cassie. Really looking forward to what’s in store for 2015, especially because focus is one of my unofficial words for 2015, too.

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks, Shannon! And it is amazing how a new look can inspire fresh ideas. Here’s to finding our focus in 2015. xo

  2. Gosh, I LOVE it!! Clean, fun, and so stylish! I hear ya about the sidebar, I’m forever playing around with it, too. Not quite ready to give mine up yet, but you are a huge inspiration!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks so much, Miriam! I thought about the sidebar thing for a looong time. I’m so happy I decided to go without!

  3. I LOVE THIS NEW DESIGN! It is definitely snazzy! I switched to a single column theme awhile back as well because I thought the sidebar was unnecessary. And yes, it definitely takes the attention away from the actual content. I’ve always loved minimalist designs, great job on this one! Have a wonderful new year ahead of you, Cassie!

  4. Love this monocolumn design! I can definitely see how it makes content management a lot more efficient, thereby allowing you to draw more attention to the important stuff. Seeing that quite a few professionals out there move over to this style and that you plan on taking the professional route in this field, it’s logical to make this transition. I wish you an eventful 2015!

  5. I love this new space!! it’s beautiful!! After I “Launched” my new relaxed no stress blog i intended to do a big redesign- well really a design, but never got around to look! But this really motivates me to take another look at it! Love how it looks!

  6. Lovely redesign Cassie! it looks real nice here 🙂 I like my sidebar so for now, it stays but glad you like your site without. One less aspect to worry about heh? 2015 is going to be a great year can’t wait! Best of luck finishing grad school and all your endeavors thereafter 🙂 Have a great one and Happy 2015 Cassie -Iva

  7. LOVE THIS! The background is so fun.

  8. Looks great! I really like the single column feel.

  9. The new look is so great and I feel so excited for you. A single-column layout is a real game-changer!

    Can’t wait to see how you focus and share focus in the year(s) to come!

  10. I love it! It looks beautiful. Also I would like to maybe possibly see you sometime in the near future please!

  11. Love the new design! Happy New Year!

  12. Love it. It’s well-designed, but not distracting.

  13. Oohh, nice redesign! I always love a good fresh look 🙂

  14. Yayyy, love it so much! That background is fab. I’m a big fan of the single-column layout.

  15. I adore the new design. It’s so unique and pretty 🙂

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