All pictures and elements should appear to elevate from a neutral, slightly textured background. The effect appears similar to pinning pieces of paper or pictures onto a pinboard. See hellobrit.com and pictures on pinterest.com navigation pages for examples of the technique.
There will be two separate pages for this project: a home page design, and blog post design.
HOME PAGE SECTIONS
The home page will consist of 4 sections. They are (in order from top to bottom):
2. Featured Stories / About Me
3. Recent Posts
The home page header should consist of a logo / header similar in layout and design to:
http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/ (color scheme)
http://www.goodlifeeats.com/ (color scheme, modern feel, pop of red)
http://www.thenaptimechef.com/ (simple and graphic)
This element should be minimalist and around 200 pixels in height.
The header should have a search box and permanent links to the following pages: Home, About, Archives, Subscribe, Contact
2. FEATURED / ABOUT
The next section of content below the header consists of a featured story element that rotates pictures representing 4 or 5 featured articles and their titles. This element will occupy 2/3 of the entire width (666 pixels). The remaining 1/3 (333 pixels wide) would be an about me box. It will contain a picture <which picture of Amy?>.
follow me buttons (FB, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest) and an email subscribe box.
These elements should be the same height at 420 pixels.
See hellobrit.com for an example of this section.
3. RECENT POSTS
The next section of the home page will the most recent 15 articles in rows of 3. Each article will have a picture and article title. They will also be arranged like the bottom section of hellobrit.com.
The footer will be full width (1000 px) and should consist of “follow me” buttons. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Email Subscribe box. Below the follow buttons will be a centered 728x90 leaderboard ad unit.
BLOG POST PAGE
The blog post page will consist of the following sections (from top to bottom)
3. RIGHT COLUMN NAVIGATION
The header will be full width (1000 px) the same as the home page.
The content section will occupy the left 2/3rds of the page. It will consist of the article title, article text and pictures.
The article title will contain text title of the article, the date posted, the article tags / categories, and share buttons (FB, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest)
The share buttons will be repeated at the end of the article.
Immediately below the article will be a Facebook comments plugin.
Below the comments, there will be picture links to 3 related articles.
The right column navigation will occupy the right 1/3rd of the page (333 pixels). The top element will be the About Me / Subscribe element from the home page.
Below the About Me element, there will be a 300x250 ad element.
Below the Ad, there will be a list of the 10 most popular articles.
Below the Most popular articles will be another 300x250 ad element
The footer will be full width (1000 px), and be the same as the home page.