This is a peer review of Rachel Lee’s blog, 36C. Rachel’s blog revolves around gaming and a little bit of her personal life as well. When I first got onto her blog, everything loaded quickly, which can help retain visitors. From the first look at her homepage, her theme is simple and easy to navigate and everything is readable. Her image for her banner is aesthetically pleasing, nicely placed, relevant to her blog, and fits with her colour scheme, which is pink. Her font is fairly standard and minimalistic which fits her blog type.
I like her Instagram widget on the right sidebar but it seems like some of the social media buttons on her sidebar don’t work. I think removing the inactive social media buttons, such as Facebook and Twitter, would cause less clutter and confusion. If there are plans to add those social media platforms, the buttons can be added back later.
For the most part, everything on Rachel’s homepage is balanced and has a good amount of white space. Her banner is spread through most of the page while the rest is split into two columns, which I think results in visual equilibrium. I think Rachel’s homepage has a good rhythm and my eyes flow nicely through her content. I think the proportions of the images and text are nice. For example, the titles of blog posts are capitalized and larger than body text which helps create good contrast. Also, the image for her banner is quite zoomed in which I think is capturing; It might be interesting to see proportions being used in this manner for other blog post images as well to create emphasis and emotions.
One thing that I think Rachel can improve for her blog design is consistent alignment. I think her alignment is good for her header and top bar links but her alignment for blog posts sometimes change. For example, for her blog post, Fortnite, the images are centred and are on separate lines from the text. On the other hand, for her blog post, Happy V-Day Gamers, the images are left aligned along with the text. This might create some inconsistency on the homepage.
Also, in the post, Fortnite, the caption under the image is left aligned while the image is centred. I think it would be a better design choice to have the captions centred along with the images.
Overall, I think Rachel displays a good grasp of design knowledge and integrates it well into her blog. For the most part, everything is balanced, cohesive, and fluent. Also, she integrated her Instagram into her blog well and her blog is very user friendly. With some small adjustments to alignment and dead social media links, her blog design would be even better.
Be sure to check out Rachel’s blog, 36C!