Blog Post Artwork

8 Mar

This post is kind of about art, kind of about technology, and hey, there’s even a link referenced about music. But mainly… it’s about writing. That’s the great thing about having your own blog: you make the rules.

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Though I’m going to go on about these images, I consider this post to be about writing since all the above visuals were created specifically to promote blog posts (linked in the above images). One thing I enjoy doing to promote my posts, even though results are limited – but fun when they happen (see comments here) is to create images with text and visuals on my phone hyping the posts via Instagram.

iPhone Text Apps

I use the apps Phonto and Labelbox to overlay text onto images created using something from the posts. Having been a graphic designer for years, producing advertisements, brochures, order forms, whatever… it’s amazing to me to have not only such image editing capability at my thumbs via my iPhone, but now to be able to put together decent layouts with text as well.

It’s Like Flyers for Your Blog

I got my start in graphic design by creating flyers for my various bands’ gigs (more on that here), so whipping up these mini-promos comes naturally. I also like the limitations of the square format, the imprecise-yet-as-precise-as-allowable ethos of dragging text around with your fingertips, the instant gratification of working in such small file sizes, and the direct connection to principles of graphic design.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept…

I challenge anyone reading this who hasn’t done so to create a layout using these tools and not encounter considerations of space, hierarchy of information and typesetting (and maybe, just maybe, have fun in the process). If you do this for the first time, definitely come back here and comment with a link to your artwork and details on how you did it.

It’s part of my designer thinking to consider typography, negative space, flow and whatnot, so doing this as a complement to blog posts is a rewarding outlet. I’ve noticed a few others on Instagram doing similar stuff, and I nearly always check out the posts if the visuals are cool enough. Below are some more examples by Maddy McCoy, aka The_Real_McCoy of the MadAboutPixls blog. Great stuff there about mobile art; check ’em out.

What do you think? Would seeing visuals like this leave you inclined to click through to a blog post? Have you ever created layouts with text and images on your phone? If so, what apps do you use and what has your experience been like? Let us hear from you in the comments!

8 Responses to “Blog Post Artwork”

  1. Paul Cahill June 28, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Very cool ideas. I am going to have to start utilizing a number of them.

    • rsmithing June 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      Awesome, man. It brings a new level of thinking to creating art on the iPhone. Kinda like a poor man’s InDesign or Quark Xpress, what with text placement, font choice and such. Let us know what you come up with!

  2. Maddy McCoy March 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I am amazed at the amount of good stuff you have here! What a wonderful site!

    • rsmithing March 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks for checking it out, Maddy. Nice to see you featuring Joel Adam over at your place. I really dig his stuff, too.

  3. nv March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks for the pingback / mention.

    • rsmithing March 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      No problem. Cool stuff you got over at your place.


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