Emmett, my senior project of an audio book short story podcast, needs a website. I’ve been thinking about what sort of look I want and what sort of functions I need. One of the basics is a website header.
The illustrious Maria Popova of brainpickings.org has a side project in which she pairs quotes from literature with various songs, and posts a new combination daily. The designer, Josh Boston, came up with this design, which functions, he puts it, both as a tiny Tumblr avatar and as a site header.
Check out the site: Literary Jukebox. The logo in the browser tab uses this picture, the header is the same as above, and the music player uses a larger version of the logo. It’s all very minimalist and streamlined, and looks great.
My own site, hopefully, will be able to use a picture that works in a similar way, though it’ll be an actual illustration. I’m hoping to use line drawings as illustrations for the podcast, as those will be more reminiscent of the narrative that a series of short stories establish, even when they’re audible. Simple black-and-white line art in particular evokes the feel of the YA literature of decades past that my series is inspired by.
So, emulating that logo, my Emmett podcast might be well served to use a header with Emmett’s face on the left, his sidekick and pal Ken’s face on the right, and the title of the podcast — “The Academic Emmett” — in the center. Then, Emmett’s head can serve as a browser tab pic, a tumblr icon, and anything else that might need logo in order to identify the podcast.