I’ve spent some time recently working on a header image for this site. I didn’t really like the default the theme was using, and I wanted something a little more memorable. You can see my current results at the top.
I have had some design training, and I like working with text. It can just be a little tricky at times. For example, I use two fonts in the header image: one for the site name and another for the tagline. Originally, I had used a script-based font for the tagline, because I like scripts. Looking at it again this morning, I realized there was too much similarity between the two fonts. They were clearly different (to me, anyway), but not different enough. So I switched to a sans serif font for the tagline, and I think it looks much better.
I also had some issues with color. I had originally used a blue that didn’t show up anywhere else in the theme (1st header image, below). Don’t ask why; I really couldn’t tell you. When I got it onto the site, I realized it didn’t match at all. So I went back and used the darker blue from the background of the theme (2nd header image, below). That looked a lot better until I realized I had forgotten to change the color of the tagline. Going back and changing the tagline color gave me the 3rd header image below. “Finally,” I thought, “I’ve got something I’m happy with.” Yeah, right! When I looked at it again this morning, I realized the white at the top of the gradient was a lot harsher than what I wanted. So, back to Photoshop again for a quick change. I replaced the white in the gradient with the lighter blue from the body of the theme, and that gave me the 4th header image. That was also when I changed the font for the tagline to sans serif. Over all, I’m pretty pleased with it right now. What are your opinions?