3 Reasons Why You Need a Style Guide for your Blog
Reason #1: Your Style Guide Will Serve as a Great Reference Resource
I'm telling you…this resource will serve as a super awesome reference point for your blog's design.
Case in point:
Before I started using Style Guides for my design projects, I was kinda all over the place. I didn't have a central point of reference that to use that had all of the information that I needed (design wise) as it pertained to a project.
Reason #2: A Style Guide Keeps Your Blog's Design and Branding "Consistent"
Consistency for the win!
I have stated this prolly 500 times in all of my visual design related articles here on the blog.
if you want to stand out online and get people to notice your brand, you need branding that is consistent.
This is where your style guide comes in. It is the template essentially that you will follow to make sure that your blog's design follows certain guidelines.
Reason #3: It will keep you "Organized"
So, I'm going to spill the beans here a little bit:
I am not a very organized person. Not.At.All.
And so, before I created a Style Guide for my blog, things were a bit scattered. I couldn't remember what color I used for this, or what font I used for that.
After I created my style guide, this issue was resolved.
Creating a Style Guide for your Blog: 5 Essential Items You Need Add
"Alright Kim…I get it (you say). I need a style guide for my blog. So what information do I need to add to it?
In Blazing Branding, these are some of the essential items that I recommend you add to your style guide:
#1: Your Blog's Fonts: as in what fonts you are going to use for your content. This should include your H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 and H6 Headings. You will also need to add the font you want to use for your paragraphs.
#2: Your Blog's Color Scheme – Yep, so after you have decided what colors you want to use to design your blog, you need to add them to your Style Guide. If you have trouble putting colors together, use this tool.
#3: The Font's Used for Your Blog's Logo: Here, you can add the names of the primary and secondary fonts you are using in your logo. If you are adding a tagline to your logo, you should include that font too.
#4: Your Logo's Colors: From your blog's color scheme, you want to choose two colors that you will use in your logo.
#5: Images of Designs and Patterns that Inspire You: If you come across some designs, patterns and etc that inspire you and pair well with your blog's overall look and feel, add them to your style guide.
Where Else Can You Use Style Guides?
In my opinion, you should can use them for a lotttt of stuff.
By the way, if design is a barrier for you, and you need help designing your blog, Blazing Branding may be the way to go. Check it out here.
Over to You Peeps!
I would love to know if you are using Style Guides for visual and graphic design programs? If pairing fonts together, choosing a color scheme for your blog and designing your blog in general is a struggle, these branding kits will help.
Let me know what your experience has been like with using them.