BlogHer '10 Speaker Spotlight, June 1, 2010 -- Good Blog Design: The Role of Layout In an Online Medium

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If content is queen, does that mean that the platform you use to share content is her palace? And aren't palaces supposed to be both beautiful and functional? We like to think so, which is why we're talking about the role of copy layout and design in the BlogHer '10 writing lab. We're calling this session "Good Blog Design: The Role of Layout in an Online Medium." Now, this isn't a Geek Lab session, so we're not going to turn you into a web designer. But you will learn the concepts and language that matter when deciding how your site should look, feel and work.

Here's the description:

How are you presenting your fabulous content? The visual layout matters, and online layout isn't the same as print layout. Come learn how people read on screens and how your layout choices can guide people to the best reading experience possible.

Meet the speakers:

For more than five years, Alex Vega has been an NYC-based graphic designer specializing in print and web design. She is also the co-founder and design director of Autostraddle, the queer girl culture media website. Alex's designs have been featured in many publications, from Gawker to The Wall Street Journal.

Gabrielle Blair, the author behind Design Mom, writes about the intersection between motherhood and design. She provides daily inspiration in the form of beautiful websites, photography, and print design, as well as DIY projects, party themes, and home decor. Design Mom has been featured in Parents Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as other publications.

Grace Bonney is the founder and editor of Design*Sponge, which chronicles all aspects of design, including design shows and trend forecasting. She has contributed to a number of publications, such as Domino Magazine, In Style and New York Magazine, and has been a featured guest on Good Morning America and the Martha Stewart Radio Show.

Do you have questions about the layout of your blog? Have you had success with one type of layout, and not another? If you want to learn more about easily navigable layout, join this conversation on the importance of online design for the written word.

About the Speaker Spotlight Series: BlogHer is excited about our upcoming conferences this summer (yes, conferences, plural: BlogHer Business '10, White House Project Workshop and BlogHer '10 will all be taking place under one roof in New York City this August). Though we may still be a few months away, we figure it's never too early to begin introducing you to our speakers. Over the next many weeks, I'll randomly select a panel or two to highlight each Tuesday. Though the panels are randomly selected, our speakers are not -- we take great care in researching, considering and inviting speakers for each conference, with a special focus on featuring new and diverse voices. We hope you’ll learn a lot, think a lot and jump into lively conversations with these speakers!

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