In preparation for a new header design for a cooking blog, I gathered eleven headers to explore how one might enhance a blog header for a kitchen, cooking or food-related site. Under each site, I noted what I liked about the designs. Feel free to add your own reactions in the comments.
What’s notable about this site is the post-it note for linking to categories and the attractive photo of produce. The header itself is a bit large for my taste, but it certainly draws one’s attention. Note the color scheme: greens, bold blue, and a tan background.
In contrast, the header for Simply Recipes is quite simple. This allows the reader to focus on the inviting and tempting photos in each post. The typography and logo of the header are crisp and professional. Color scheme: brown with a pale pink, gray background.
The header is a professional-looking logo with 4 beautiful advertisements. There are plenty of menu links as well. One could easily have 4 parallel images that link to categories in a similar attractive fashion. The background is a grunge look – this is currently stylish for web design, especially an ecological site. Color scheme: greens and browns with some blue.
This is the recipe index for Start Cooking. I like the simplicity and brevity of the header; the photo of food works well with the tabbed menu. The header takes up only a small part of the page, but it is useful and cheerful.
The card-like menus of the Design Sponge would work well with a cooking site. As in Cooking with Amy, categories are linked in a creative manner. Design Sponge does a better job of integrating the pictorial menus into the overall layout.
A simple header with a great photo can be inviting and attractive. Maybe just incorporate a menu to jazz it up and make it more utilitarian.
A whimsical illustration can make a fun header.
Header is a simple logo in green with a bar of bright yellow underneath; it pops out against the grays of the site. If you go to this site, note the clever little favicon.
This blog header combines a friendly photo of mother and child cooking on the right with an illustration on the left. The subdued green and gray color scheme helps the photo pop out at the viewer.
An attractive photo with bold green labeling and an integrated menu captures the eye in this header.
Fun illustration incorporated with the navigation menu entices the reader into exploring the site. Color scheme: yellows with black and white and a splash of pink in the logo.
Which of these appeal to you and why? Thanks.