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From Idea To Design: What A Great Banner Can Do For Your Blog

The heart of every great blog design is a fabulous banner image. Among the most popular of TypePad One's Custom Design Services is our banner design, and with good reason. A beautiful, personalized banner image makes your blog truly stand out, yet costs significantly less than a full design would. In today's post, we'll introduce you to Melanie, our talented banner designer, show off some examples of her work, and tell you why we think our Banner Design Service may be the right choice for you.

Question: Melanie, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what's your favorite part of designing blog banners?

Melanie: I am a blogger, photographer and designer who has been designing for the web since 1999 - before "blog" was even a word! My favorite part of designing blog banners is taking the client's idea and bringing it to life in a way that looks fantastic and represents the blog beautifully.

Question: How does the Banner Design Service work? Does the customer get a lot of input into the banner you create?

Melanie: My personal philosophy is that designing a banner is a team effort; my creative vision and experience might be the biggest elements in a project, but it's important to me that our customers love what I create for them, so they get as much or as little input as they would like. I can take the reins entirely, or they can lead the way.

Question: Here are three of our favorite banners that you've designed. Tell us why you're the most proud of these.

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Above: Gastronome Tart

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Above: April 1886

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Above: Tara Fay

Melanie: These banners are all examples of taking a great idea and turning it into a gorgeous banner in clean, classic fashion without being too simple. They all represent the blogs perfectly, and are a fantastic reflection of the customers' personal styles.

Question: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share with TypePad members a little about the work that you do.

As you can see, Melanie does fantastic work. If you're looking for a banner image that will really help your blog stand out, let her bring her artistic vision and sense of style to your design.

The Banner Design Service costs $300. As part of the service, Melanie will create several banner proposals for you. You pick your favorite and she'll adjust it to look just right for your blog then implement the final approved banner in your design. Each banner is created with your input and your unique blog in mind. We think it's one of the most effective investments you can make in your blog. Interested? Sign up today.

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