New-look Blog!

March 8, 2016 | 50 Comments


Welcome to my re-designed blog!!

I am super excited that after a long time of dreaming, planning and finally implementing my ideas of what I wanted my blog to become… it is now here! Yay!!!

So here is a summary of some features of the new design:

  • My blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress. I am still working out all the implications (checking links still work, RSS feeds etc)
  • A cleaner, fresher look, with the images taking centre stage
  • Bigger images!
  • Sticking with a traditional blog feel but redesigning the homepage with summaries, rather than posts in full, so that you can more easily see what I have written about lately. I did review a lot of interesting new formats but am very happy with the final result.
  • The palette strip at the top has been moved to the sidebar (a big decision!) so that I can more easily update it. So for all you palette junkies, you can now easily check up on my latest selections.
  • An expanded Sketching Tools section. I am super excited about this and will be adding more details to the various sections over the next few months.
  • An Architecture Sketching section that incorporates the more detailed articles I wrote on my separate “Sketching Architecture“ blog which I haven’t been able to maintain lately. This part of my blog I plan to develop further this year.
  • A Portfolio section – so you more easily see a selection of my work. Ah! so many teacups in the one place – and there are a lot more that I could add as well!
  • And finally… drum roll please… an Archives section! This is the part of the blog I will be working on during the next few months so that I can pull together a lot of valuable content that has been lost in old posts.

You all know that I am an obsessive blogger, and as I wrote last month here, I have been taking it very seriously in the last few years. Engaging a graphic designer to put together my site with the features I wanted was a huge step, but one that really made me realise even more how much my blog is core to everything that I do. It feels great to have gotten it together properly now!

The new blog certainly reinforces my commitment to providing the best content that I can on a regular basis: Sketching my life and sharing the experience!

It is still a work in progress as I go through my old posts adding them into the relevant categories, and subsequently discovering what important sketching topics I haven’t blogged about yet! But it is just so wonderful to have the structure in place so I can continue to build and expand my blog in the future. A huge thanks to Alyce, Quan and the Matter team for helping my dreams become reality!

Thanks once again for all your support over the years – for the comments and constant encouragement to keep blogging and for just simply returning to view my sketches and rambling on a regular basis. I hope that this new design, with the new index pages, will help make my content even more accessible and helpful.

I hope you will take a look around!

PS. I have to laugh at myself a little that I do a hand markup of the new features of the blog (ah! I still have an architect’s trait of marking up and notating things!)


  • Alison O - March 8, 2016 reply

    I love the new look blog Liz, It is great to see your drawings displayed in the portfolio section, you deserved a portfolio site! I am looking forward to spending lots of time here browsing the information you so generously share with us. One small thing, Where is the 'follow' button for wordpress? I too am a wordpress user, and I like to have other wordpress sites that I follow appear in the wordpress reader.

    • Liz Steel - March 8, 2016 reply

      thanks Alison! Looking into the 'follow' button for wordpress

  • Cathy Dwyer - March 8, 2016 reply

    Very cool, Liz. Love the new look!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks cathy!

  • Helena Monteiro - March 8, 2016 reply

    Great. I'll go through it slowly, so that I can see it all and not just looking but seing. Thanks, Liz.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Helena...I will be adding to the sections over the next few months!

  • Cathy Johnson (Kate) - March 8, 2016 reply

    It looks great, Liz, and what a LOT of work! I admire your dedication and professionalism.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      yes it has been... with still lots to organise all my old posts!

  • Cathy Johnson (Kate) - March 8, 2016 reply

    AND I was just thinking about you and your palette! Gotta love synchronicity...

  • Larry Marshall - March 8, 2016 reply

    The look is great but I hate having to click on each post to view it. Much better to be able to scroll through them. -- Larry

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      it was a big decision to change the layout.... but have just add 'next-previous' which as missing so hope that helps. I am relying more and more on email subscriptions to important blogs I follow these days.

  • Jules Woolford - March 8, 2016 reply

    Congratulations on your wonderful new look blog!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Jules

  • Sandra James-Talbot - March 8, 2016 reply

    The layout is much more streamlined and efficient than before I love the look, the style is more in-keeping with the content now.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Sandra - I am pleased with the look too!

  • susan grover - March 8, 2016 reply

    Beautiful, clear and easy on the eye. Even with your inked in narks Xo sue

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Susan!

  • Youanna N. - March 8, 2016 reply

    Great job! I love the new look and thumbnail post that i can clikc to open. Liz, your blog is amazing. I want to have all day to keep reading and reading. Every time I lack inspiration I look at your sketches and boom, I am inspired again. Yesterday I started my first SB Alpha sketchbook and I am quite impressed with the paper. Thanks again for all your reviews.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Youanna!! so glad I help to inspire!

  • Deborah Rehmat - March 8, 2016 reply

    Looking good - congratulations and welcome to Wordpress! As another Wordpress blogger I too am looking forward to following you through the WP reader and at the moment this doesn't seem to be possible. Hope to see you there soon!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      Hi Deborah - have added an RSS button in the footer does that work for you?

  • Caroline van der Veen - March 8, 2016 reply

    Pity that you have to click on each post to view it. I prefer the continius reading of the old site

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      just added a next-previous arrow to each article- hope that helps

  • Carmela Sunnyvale - March 8, 2016 reply

    Liz--the new look is very nice. I like being able to quickly scroll through because I can more easily find entries links for for my outdoor sketching group. The archives will help with that too. I hope that they can be searched.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks carmela - there is a search function in the footer!

  • SandraG. - March 8, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz: This is wonderful, love the new look and I can now leave a comment - Blogger didn't like me, ha : ) congratulations !!!! Have missed your posting ALL LAST WEEK !!!! welcome back/home : ) Blessings, Sandra in AZ, USA : )

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      Hi Sandra - so glad you can now comment! its good to be back!

  • RaSonya Pearce - March 8, 2016 reply

    Liz, welcome to Wordpress! Absolutely lovely new blog, so clean and fresh!! This displays your work so wonderfully, what template is it? This design suits you very well and I will enjoy being able to follow you on Wordpress now, awesome!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      Hi RaSonya - yes I love wordpress (been using it for my online class site)This is a custom site built by my designer!

  • Suhita Shirodkat - March 8, 2016 reply

    Congratulations, that's a BIG undertaking!! Love the font and white space in the new design. And it's amazing how much you've packed into it, content-wise, yet left it looking so uncluttered.

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      yes- it was a big design process to get all the features in. My designers did a great job!

  • Jodi Wiley - March 8, 2016 reply

    Looks very nice, Liz!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Jodi!

  • Emily D. - March 8, 2016 reply

    I love it SO MUCH, Liz! It made me happy when I clicked over this morning! :) I will especially be loving the sketching tools section!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Emily... I am really looking forward to expanding the sketching tools section more!

  • Alyce - March 8, 2016 reply

    Looks great Liz, great working with you. From the Matter team :)

    • Liz Steel - March 8, 2016 reply

      Thanks Alyce! thanks so much for all the hard work you and Quan have done to get this beautiful site up! It is so exciting to see my dreams realised!

  • Shari - March 9, 2016 reply

    It looks great Liz. So fresh and clean and your work looks fantastic in the new format. Congratulations!!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks Shari... yes its all about the images.

  • mo - March 9, 2016 reply

    i love the new look ... it's crisp and clean and easy to read. looking forward to more entries, as well as updates on BB!! has he gone missing???

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      Hi Mo... BB is just taking it easy in his old age. Keep an eye out...he might appear in a photo anytime!

  • Lynda Howells - March 9, 2016 reply

    Like the new look ...crisp clean and as usual ...intresting. :) Lynda

  • Barbara Nigg - March 9, 2016 reply

    Congratulations on the new look - it's fantastic - maybe even a little too good - I can see spending lots of time here!

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      Thanks Barbara... it's just fine with me if you hang around! Ha ha!

  • Naomi - March 10, 2016 reply

    This looks great! I think it's much cleaner and really fun to poke around :D

    • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

      thanks naomi!

  • Liz Steel - March 10, 2016 reply

    Hi angus- thanks ... adding a colour to the links is one of the tweaks we are fixing up at the moment.

  • Gail Carrick - March 10, 2016 reply

    Love the new look. That Sketching Now ad colour is so eye catching ???? -- and matches you t-shirt

  • Tonya - March 11, 2016 reply

    Very nice, Liz! Glad to see you making changes that suit you. Everything that I can see looks great. REALLY excited about the palette quick link. ha!

  • Maria - March 11, 2016 reply

    Súper linda tu página Liz. ¡Felicitaciones! Me encanta lo que haces y cómo lo haces. Gracias por compartirlo.

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