Sometimes I find myself staring at a blog design for long periods of time, but I still can’t figure out how to make it better. This use to frustrate me to no end, because I believe that a design is never finished and you can always make it better.
Now it doesn’t really bother me anymore. My new problem is I can’t stop thinking about how I can make a design better even though I just made changes to it a little while before. What I did was I applied a technique I picked up a while ago, but never thought of using it in web design. The technique is very simple in itself, but what it does is it takes the problem and changes how you look at it. Just this simple change can make ideas on how you can improve your blog design pour out of your head.
So what is the technique? It’s simple. Just ask yourself this question “How can I make this worst?” This question is much easier to ask then “How can I make it better?” because chances are you have already exhausted all the options that came to your head already asking that. Here is an example of it in practice:
How can I make my sidebar worst?
I could make it harder to scan. I could make it harder to find things. I could bunch all the sections together. I could use a color scheme that doesn’t emphasize the important parts.
If you take all this and work backwards you will get the things you can focus on in order to make your sidebar better. For example, you could make it easier to scan, make it easier to find things, split the sections up better, and use a color scheme that emphasizes the important parts of the sidebar.
Just take this question and apply it to areas you want to improve in your blog design in order to get ideas going. If you have any good tips to think of ways to improve a blog design, feel free to write a comment.