#ArmchairBEA 2016: Aesthetics

Published May 12, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?

The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the “brand” of your blog – something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things?


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I super judge books by their covers!  I don’t even care.  This is how I pick out 85% of all of the books I buy to be honest.  I don’t usually read the blurbs on the backs of books, and other than recommendations it is all based solely on the book cover and title.  One thing that super bothers me about covers is when they change the look in the middle of the series! THIS IS SO ANNOYING AND WHY DO YOU DO THIS! I want all of my series covers to go together and match. OMG and when they all come out in paperback, EXCEPT THE LAST BOOK they put in hardcover. *groans*


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As for my blog, I should totally care more about the look of it.  I want to I really do, but I’m not that familiar with how to change the fonts and colors and everything, as I would like to be, especially since WordPress doesn’t let you post from MS Word anymore.  That was so easy back in the day, just type up and format your fancy blog post in Word and then it would auto-post to your blog. Convenient. Now I have no idea how to change the font unless I change ALL OF IT.  Oh well. This is what you get.

8PS: Are you judgy of book covers like me?  What about blog aesthetics? How important is it to have a cohesive and pleasing look?

 

 

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