Tuesday, 8 May 2007

White Background

So, here I am in white - just to show you. What do you think? Personally I think it looks terrible (on my site) and I don't think it shows off the pictures as well as the black. My site is dominated by images and not text so I think I need to select a background which makes the images stand out. I just don't think the white background is me but tell me what you think...

xo
Anna

P.S. This is just me changing the colours - my new customised design is well on it's way and I have pretty much chosen what I will be having. I am just doing this exercise to get your feedback as I am very interested to hear everyone's opinion. I love to workshop ideas with my girls at Black & Spiro so this is what I am doing: workshopping with you!!

24 comments:

Fairfax said...

maybe a nice pale blue or grey...

Be the change..... said...

yes, the white really is bland and doesn't show off the pictures well. I always like black, but maybe a deep, dark magenta, purple or green would work well too?

The Peak of Chic said...

I like the black background- and those vintage lamps on Ebay.

wes said...

Im not liking the white at all. i always liked the black.

Hope said...

I agree that a black background most certainly does make the images pop!

Di Overton said...

Your shop is called Black & Spiro so black sort of fits in. The only trouble I have with a black background is that the white type out of black is difficult to read.

Heather said...

I would agree with you the white is too stark. I love your site. Thank you for your inspirations.

Catherine said...

I agree that the white is more boring, but I can read the site so easily now! :) I still think a cream, very light rose, or pale blue/gray would set off your pictures better and still be eye-friendly! :)

That said, I'll keep enjoying your blog no matter what you decide!

Cecilia said...

I thought the black background was a bit depressing, to be honest. The white one could be a perfect choice, as long as you keep the heading and pictures colourful! Pale shades of blue, lilac and pink could be other alternatives...

Love your blog by the way - it's always fantastically inspiring.

Another Shade of Grey said...

I like black, but navy is good too. :)

Chelsea said...

I agree, I don't like the white. Can't wait to see the new design.

Dawn said...

I don't care for the white background. When I scrapbook I always use a black page or a sort of taupe color as it makes the pictures really pop. Love your blog!

Pieter said...

I'm not a fan of the white either (there seems to be a club). Have you considered changing your headline typeface to Georgia (not bolded though, many web typefaces distort badly when bolded, rather have them larger). I know it's used in a lot of other blogs, but I find it a very elegant typeface for headlines-clunky though when used for the body copy. Also try decreasing the size of your body copy. That way you'll have better tension (which is good) between headline, body copy and image. I quite like the way Trebuchet looks when it's 11px. Geneva is also a lovely typeface at that size.

Excuse my rambling, I love your blog! Would travel to Australia just to see your shop, but it seems that half of the South African population has emmigrated there already (I'm South African, by the way)... Anyway, thanks for the awesome inspiration!
All the best
x

Anonymous said...

Yes, I like the black better!

sarah said...

why not compromise and go with a nice medium grey?

Anonymous said...

Another vote for black - the black is much more fun/special - the pictures pop more.

LastNight said...

We are not fans of the white. WE at Serhorn.blogspot use the pink on black, just like you because it showcases images nicely. If you want a lighter background, try maybe a beige with some nice tight pinstripes (up and down). This just feels alittle too much like a blank slate...We love you regardless though!

TinkerBlue said...

I don't think the white background works as well as the black did. The photos really stood out on the black background. They kind of disappear on the white.

midcenturyjo said...

I still love the black! Does this mean your website will be up and running soon too? Can't wait.

Sal said...

I totally agree with you about the white background. A definite NO from me.
Cannot wait to see your new design!!!

Anonymous said...

no white. The black showcases the images much better. Looking forward to what you unveil!

Strwberrydelight said...

I am blinking like a baby in the morning sun. Not great. I like the black, it's so unusual in blogland and really strikes a chord in visual memory for sites and recognition of screen design.
Loving the tudor houses!!xx

Jennifer Ramos said...

Like i said in my previous post...your images have lots of colors and they stand out much better against black background in my opinion. :)

cant wait to see ur new design!

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a. said...

Love the lamps!!!

Keep the black or something blue maybe????