Learning Graphic and Blog Design Online


For the past several weeks, I've been helping Daffny from A Vintage Nerd with her blog. She wanted a total blog design overhaul so I spent a whole day watching videos, learning how to do some stuff and then I created a blog design for her. I always wanted to learn how to digitize my doodles into vector graphics so I found some really wonderful videos for that kind of thing on Skillshare. I loved the learning part of the process and it made me actually miss being in school! Here are the classes that I took:

Digital Illustration: Doodles to Design
Creating Full Color Digital Illustrations from Your Handmade Drawings
Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats
Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator

Skillshare membership is $10 per month and you can take as many of these classes as you like, which is pretty amazing.

The videos use Adobe Illustrator, which I didn't have at the time so I applied the teachings to an opensource program, Inkscape and learned how to use that as I worked.

I created several cute icons for her categories, all scanned in from my drawings and digitized. I really had fun doing this part and if I can refine them more, I'll be listing my clip art sets in my etsy shop. Here are some of my favorites.

The coding was a lot of the same stuff that I already knew how to do but this time, I figured out how to code a sticky navigation and use a custom google font for her post titles. I also made social media buttons to do really cool roll-over effects like mine.  I teach 12 step by step blog design tutorials in my ecourse, Bloggerific: how to have a beautiful, successful blog.

It was a long process of figuring out what we liked and what the other was talking about!  I must have designed 30 different headers before choosing the final one.

I'm looking forward to spending some time this winter, learning illustrator, drawing more and hopefully by the spring the clip art shop will be open!

Stop over and say hello to Daffny and check out her new blog!


  1. Daffny's site looks super cute and so very well done. Awesome work, dear Brittany. You a total natural, IMO, when it comes to graphic/website design. I've always loved seeing the work you've done on that front to your own blog and other peoples', too.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Brittany, these are great! I teach Graphic Design at Pittsburg State University, so I know a few things about graphics, and your work is really well done. I especially love the logo. While we teach students Adobe Illustrator Inkscape is a great alternative if you don't have it. Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh thank you! That is so nice, coming from a graphic design teacher! I really want to get into graphic design, especially as my kids start kindergarten in the next few years. I'll be getting illustrator soon but tinkering around with Inkscape taught me a lot and I think I'll be able to easily apply it to the real deal! There's still a lot to learn but I'm having so much fun!

  3. It is so inspiring to see how amazingly well this vintage community works together and supports each other. You did a fabulous job, her site is looking amazing. I just love those little drawings, they seem so original and personal to Daffny. Just perfect. I hope, one day to be able to customize my blog to such an extent.

    She Knits in Pearls

  4. Fantastic! I've always dabbled in graphic design, and although I've done my blog and a few other websites I haven't ventured into the icon creation side of things much at all. I love the colors you chose and how all the pieces work together.

  5. This was a wonderful experience and so grateful that you were able to take on the challenge. Its everything I ever wanted-so insanely happy! Thank you! xox

  6. I love Daffny's new blog design. Well done:) So nice that you were also able to learn a lot about design doing this. You are a natural:)

  7. Really love these and am happy to hear you'll be selling some of them in your shop. My blog is so blah even though I love WordPress.


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