Why images enhance blog design
For me, a blog’s design is enhanced by images. It is the quality and the positioning of these images that defines its individuality, presentation and personality. I am very keen to use imagery within my blog design, but the problem is they cannot be changed instantly or by my clients.
If a certain image needs to be adapted, I will gladly do it, as I have the required software to accomplish this. I actively encourage my clients to amend and publish their own content (particularly the blog post page), as WordPress is so easy to use, but they forget that images are static and cannot be changed by themselves through programming or CMS. I do not consider this a defect; if I left my clients to their own devices these carefully crafted images would soon start to look unrecognisable…
In my eyes, a blog without images is just plain boring. You need words to satisfy those who aren’t visually inclined, but I think enhancement via images is just as important as relevant and scintillating content. They can compliment each other too, and add to the explanation factor, another side to the argument, an alternative point of view.
Of course, the most obvious place for an image is the banner across the top (that is, if your theme allows this), but failing that, a simple picture of the author in the sidebar is better than nothing – at least the readers will have someone to focus on when they read the posts, as matching up the writing style with the mug-shot is always interesting.
And the remainder of the images? There’s the sidebars, empty spaces often misunderstood and neglected, which could be cluttered up with widgets, feeds and other links, or could be entertainingly stuffed full of relevant images linking to social networking profiles, other pages within the blog, and external resources relevant to the blog’s content.
So, when I’ve got time, I’ll be rethinking about my sidebars and how I can create a myriad of images to increase the entertainment value of this blog… wait and see!