Design for Writers

Last week, I spent some time creating a handout with all of my books.  I got the idea when I saw a similar list that Peter Reynolds created.  How cool would it be to have something you could slip into books, post on your site and more?  So I came up with this.  The file name indicates that this is attempt #5.  Given the fact that I fiddle with each attempt numerous times, it is probably attempt #10 or #15.

I’ve enjoyed playing with this but it makes me want to tweak my site, my blog, LinkedIn, etc.  I don’t really feel confident in my design skills but a friend recommended

She uses Canva because she doesn’t have Photoshop.  I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Publisher which I used to make this.

But the good news is that Canva has tutorials.  A lot of it has to do with using the software but it also includes information on selecting a color scheme, creating a logo, solidifying your brand and how and why to edit photos.  And a lot more.

I spent some time playing with it last night and have selected a color scheme.  I’m not 100% certain that I’m going to stay with that because I may feel moved to go with something in the sepia category as in old maps. But I have to admit that these are the colors I’m drawn to time and time again.  So, at least for now, this is my color scheme.

I just realized that my Facebook author page and my Twitter feed aren’t on my to-be-updated list.  Wow. This is going to take some time but the more I think about it the more I like the idea of a single look.  Has anyone else taken the time to do this?