In a U.K. Survey, it turns out that people actually trust bloggers more than journalists. In fact, they ranked third just right next to friends and family.
That being said, if you want to run a successful blog, you need to make sure that your blog’s design is on point as well. Far too often, bloggers do not take this into consideration and they scratch their heads when they do not get enough site traffic.
So today, I am going to provide you with some of the best examples of blogs who have taken good design principles into account.
You know that Microsoft is one of the best tech giants in the world today, but did you know that they also have a blog as well? Microsoft Stories is one of the best blogs out there, simply because it boasts an interactive and visually appealing website that is full of lively content.
Their blog posts are very clickable and they post images with the article’s title. Although it doesn’t really have a long excerpt, I really love how Microsoft entices people to click on a blog post- they let the images do the talking.
When you look at the websites and blogs of today, you will find that most of them now don a more minimalistic look. What gives? Apparently, when you have a rather simple (yet beautiful) blog design, people are going to be fixated on the things that matter- your content.
Help Scout is a company that makes helpful software and their blog has a clean and highly-readable design.
As you can probably tell by the name of the blog, Webdesigner Depot takes website navigation on a whole another level. They make clever use of fonts, background colors, and navigation arrows found prominently on the right side of the page (making it easier for the readers to navigate through the entire blog post).
What’s more, the social media sharing buttons are prominently seen so that whenever their audience wants to share them immediately on their accounts, they can just do so with a click of a button.
Mashable provides you with the best examples on how to categorize content that you want your readers to consume first. They use a three-pronged approach. The new posts are placed with small-sized thumbnails. The trending post is displayed prominently at the center of the page with a large thumbnail and the ‘What’s Hot’ posts are place to the right side of the page, which is just a bit smaller than the previous set of posts.
They also make clever use of bold titles and contrasting colors that will not only grab the attention of the reader, but also makes sure that the content is readable without hurting their eyes.
This photography blog does what it does best- use amazing imagery to lure people into reading their articles. When you visit the page, the blog uses high-quality images along with bold headlines and a short description just below it.
Just to be clear, this blog doesn’t sell cupcakes. They do, however, sell clothing. The owner used a rather simple design that is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. It makes for a better user experience by providing an avenue for the audience to just scroll through the entire page without tiring out.
Goodwill Industries International
The last example of beautiful blog design comes from a nonprofit organization. Goodwill Industries International has a clean look with a rather colorful navigation scheme.
Readers will know where the blog posts are simply because it is positioned nicely on the blog and with large thumbnails, making it easier for them to click on it.