Design is important for success.
I’ll often write about design and inspiring images, art, and photography here at HBM and try to relate it to success in the hunting industry. I’m a big fan of interesting design that captures attention.
Looking at collections of photographs or Website designs helps to inspire new ideas and to continue to strive for improvement.
I think the visual aspect of hunting blogs is just as important as the content included on the site. Your readers not only want to take in the content, but they want what they’re looking at to be visually appealing as well. It’s an important part of Website development.
I won’t say that design is lacking in the outdoor blog world, but let’s just say that there is always room for improvement.
Here are 10 of my favorite hunting blog designs…
10) Wildlife Callers
Website: Wildlife Callers Blog
The subscribe call-outs are right at the top right to put importance on acquiring new names for the list. The text is black and the background is white. A great design for a store blog.
9) Hunting Life
Website: Hunting Life Blog
The page is simple in design and not busy. There isn’t much distraction from the content in each post. Images are used to enhance almost every post. I also love the rotating images at the top of the site.
Website: Bowhunting Blog
The entire Bowhunting.com site is one of my favorites. The stuff surrounding the blog content gets a little busy, but that doesn’t take away from the good use of red, black, and gray in the blog design. It’s easy to read and comprehend.
7) Bulls and Beavers
Website: Bulls and Beavers
I really like the big image that previews the headline story on Bulls and Beavers. Using images is a great way to encourage visitors to your home page to visit your individual blog posts.
6) Wired to Hunt
Website: Wired to Hunt
A great use of white space on this site (which I love). The main focus is the content. The search is also visible and easy to use at the top right.
5) Native Hunt Blog
Website: Native Hunt Blog
The site has a wide format with an appealing, outdoor feeling look. The design matches the business site – Native Hunt. This is a great way to allow readers to visit the two sites seamlessly.
4) Whitetail 365
Website: Whitetail 365
A classic hunting and outdoor publication gets it right with the design of their site and blogs. I love the use of white space on this blog. The three-column layout highlights all of the important content above the fold while allowing the main blog content to take center stage.
3) Muskoka Outdoors
Website: Muskoka Outdoors
I’ve always loved the design of this site. A nice, big picture promo area on the home page to highlight the top or most recent posts. The whitespace is great. It’s a clean and crisp site that is all about focusing on the ease of absorbing the content.
2) Michael Waddell’s Blog
Website: Michael Waddell’s Blog
This is a great contrasting color blog and site design. It seems like a lot of outdoor-related sites like to use dark and bold colors in some way. I prefer white space with some dark, gradient colors. Michael’s blog uses a black border/background, but utilizes whitespace effectively for the blog. It’s easy to read and comfortable for the eyes.
1) New Archery Products
Website: New Archery Blog
This is a favorite design of mine overall for hunting sites and the blog matches the site so I had to include it. It has a nice wide format. The font is read to read against the white background.
If your blog is need of a design tune-up, there is no better place to turn to than Sarah Lynn Design.
Sarah and her team will create a customized blog design to match your needs and the visual needs of your readers.
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