Blog Design Inspiration – Independent Fashion Bloggers
This Weeks blog design inspiration comes from the Independent Fashion Bloggers website.
Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) tend a community for fashion bloggers allowing them to share their experiences, creating a resource enabling everyone to build a better blog.
Independent Fashion Bloggers do this by posting helpful articles, hosting a community linking group, forums and the newest feature, LittleBirdie, a platform to connect bloggers and PR in a safe and mutually beneficial way.
Founded on September 5th 2007 by a forward thinking woman by the name of Jennine Jacob; since that time the website has gone from strength to strength.
Simple, black and white design, very vogue in style, which ties in very nicely because it is a fashion website.
The desktop navigation of this website is simplicity at its best, with upper-case text and the use of fade animation on hover and drop-down menus.
The Independent Fashion Bloggers website uses the BuddyPress Plugin.
BuddyPress is a powerful plugin that takes any WordPress website beyond the normal blog by using social-network features like user profiles, activity streams, user groups, and more. Some fantastic uses might be:
- A campus wide social network for your university, school or college.
- An internal communication tool for your company.
- A niche social network for your interest topic.
- A focused social network for your new product.
There are a number of fonts used for the Independent Fashion Bloggers website, which include ;-
Open Sans Condensed
When the homepage is viewed on a desktop, it will more often than not produce a 3 column layout for your enjoyment (well, it did on my Mac).
I like the fact that the Featured Post changes every few seconds, with the use of a Content Slider.
When the single post is viewed on a desktop, it is usually seen as a two column view (it is on my Mac).
The Independent Fashion Bloggers make great use of Social Media Sharing with Bloglovin’, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Pinterest
Interestingly, when viewed on a mobile phone, you lose the navigation bar and get the select box navigation style.
The only problem that I can see is the fact that even when viewed on a mobile, the images are oversized, where they should have be