7 Black and White Obsession 2014 Blog Redesign, Grand Tour

Another season of Blogging conferences is upon us-- eek Snap! is in just a few days!! Picture me scrambling like a mad woman-- which means that Black and White Obsession got a teeny-tiny makeover. Alright, I totally realize this is quite a bit delayed since everything officially went at the end of March, but better late than never right?!

As usual, let’s begin with a Style Guide for the entire site:

Black and White Obsession Designs: Style Guide | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

The overall design is quite similar to August’s Full Monty ReBranding + ReDesign. The color scheme, most of the elements, the texture, the 'clickable' signature all remain the same.

However, a couple updates were needed to match the more modern and sleek ‘branding’ font in the header, thus a few edgy elements were thrown in the mix. Like the blog topics/categories (found on the sidebar) and photo watermark:

 Black and White Obsession Designs: Blog Categories and Photo Watermark | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

One of the most noticeable changes was moving the sidebar from the right to the left. I feel as though they’ll be a bit more prominent and help you navigate through the site easier with convenient features.

Black and White Obsession Designs: Moving the Sidebar from Right to Left Before and After | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

The most awkward piece for me was to update the ‘Bio-Photo.’ I’m a super shy selfie-taker, I’d rather be behind the camera than the one trying to strike a pose for Vogue, Madonna style.

 Black and White Obsession Designs: Bio Photo Before and After | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

It was much needed since chopping off and donating 17+ Inches last summer. You know so all my new friends at Snap! are able to recognize me! What would a selfie-photo shoot be without some weird-o outtakes?!

 Black and White Obsession Designs: Bio Photo shoot Outtakes | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

The header also got a little more convenient. As in, a subscription box. In case the one on the sidebar, the one in the footer, or the one right here:

Black and White Obsession
aren’t begging obvious enough. See:

 Black and White Obsession Designs: Header Subscribe | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Another minor update was converting a Pinterest and Hometalk usernames to bnwobsession instead of bandwobsession (so it stops looking like ‘band’ obsession). I know so drastic!! I just figured it makes things easier for y’all to follow along!! That and the business cards look a lot more streamlined:
 Black and White Obsession Designs: Bio Photo shoot Outtakes | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Which also got a face lift too (check out the old ones here).
 Black and White Obsession Designs: Faster load time because of updates to the Tabbed Sidebar | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

The tabbed sidebar thingies, you know the first and third boxes on the left-hand sidebar, they had some major reconstruction. Besides an updated look, adding ‘freebies,’ removing ‘Archives’ (don’t worry it’s further down on the sidebar) and a finished ‘tags’ tab, there was something even more important behind the scenes. Something you may not notice... it was brought to you by my good and super genius coding friend Kristy (at Please Excuse My Craftermath), we hammered that baby out! How I got her to let me pick her brain for a morning is beyond me.

So what’s so different about that sidebar-tabber guy anyway?! Glad you asked! It loads A BILLION times faster. Yeah. No more waiting for the most convenient Black and White Obsession navigation to load anymore. In turn, this little update probably makes the whole page load faster (SCORE!!).

I have a whole lot more in store over the next couple months, like finishing off all those ‘blank’ and not-so-punny anymore pages *cough* House Tour *cough:

 Black and White Obsession Designs: Fully neglected House Tour Page | Blog ReDesign/Refresh | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com
Fully neglected folks!

And maybe updating that Freebies page every once in a while.

Currently, you’ll get a daily-ish dose of Black and White Obsession. In the future, they’ll be a freebie and you’ll have more options like daily or weekly. Either way, you’ll be able to keep up with all things DIY | Design | and Life.

So what do you think of the ReDesign? Feel free to poke around, tell me what is and isn’t working (I know that search bar is pretty annoying right now). Or, tell me, what do you think of the new look?

Have you gotten your feet wet in the design world? Did you proudly, yet nervously show it off? I’d love to see what you’ve created!!

I promise, Snap! did NOT pay me to blast their links through this article. I’m just ridiculously excited/extremely nervous for the days to come.

Interested in your own ala carte blog design? I’m in the early stages of providing blog designing services. Email me for special pricing with ala cart items such as social media icons, sidebar titles, *installation assistance, etc. If you’re ready for a full or even mini blog makeover, let’s talk!  Take advantage of portfolio building prices!! Check out other designs here.

*Installation assistance on blogger only.



  1. Replies
    1. Awe thanks boo! It was totally awkward but at least I was alone and didn't have to share the immediate embarrassment ha!

  2. Oh my gosh Trisha, this is just incredible!! Not only do I love the entire finished product, it is so great to be able to see all of your design elements together. I love all of the little touches. And your "branding" is so great! It is super helpful to see all of this together as I am in the middle of a redesign too...you may be hearing from me soon ;-)

  3. Awe thank you so much Meredith!! Feel free to pick away, I have tons of tips and tricks up these sleeves! Good luck on your redesign, I'm sure it will turn out beautifully!

  4. Looking good girl! I think us fellow bloggers can really appreciate how much blood, sweat and tears go into a blog redesign :) Also, your business cards are awesome (love that you photographed them with a glitter background!) and I hope you'll share more details on how you DIYed them!!!

  5. I love how it all came out! You almost can't tell that your design got an update visually, but all those elements make for a better experience. Thanks for the shout out!

  6. love the business cards-- everything came out great :)


Comments make my heart go pitter-patter! Your comment may not appear right away as they are manually accepted.

Pin It button on image hover