Matt Blancarte's "Blog Design Makeover" Speech @ IZEA Fest

UBD’s own Matt Blancarte recently spoke on the “Blog Design Makeover” panel at IZEA Fest in Orlando, Florida. Matt also spoke with Scott Allen and Christopher Schmidtt, two other incredibly talented web designers.

For the panel, Matt was asked to redesign a British Columbia boating blog, This blog is owned by Heather, an attendee of IZEA Fest.

What did Heather have to say about Matt’s redesign?

My blog had been chosen to receive a makeover, along with 2 others. Matt Blancarte from Unique Blog Designs (UBD) designed a new logo for me, he cleaned up the sidebars, adjusted colors and uncluttered the site. I love the new design and he will be in touch to discuss further information once he is back in the office. I CAN’T WAIT!!! It looked fabulous and the comments from the ustream discussion board were very favourable and complimentary. […]

You can read more on Heather’s blog, here.

The design isn’t live yet, but we are in the coding process and it should be available shortly.

You can watch the entire panel discussion below. Congratulations to Matt and the other panelists for an insightful look into the world of strategic and purposeful blog design.

Online video chat by Ustream

About Nate Whitehill

Nate is a co-founder of Unique Blog Designs and has been a user experience and visual designer for over a decade. He aspires to make the world pixel-perfect. Follow Nate on Twitter
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  • What do I think? I think you guys are awesome!!!

    The new blog design is beautiful and so professional looking, it may just help take my humble, personal little boating blog into a whole new realm!

    Thanks for your many hours of work, and for helping make IZEAFest into such a tremendous learning experience for all bloggers.

  • First off, Heather your site does look great. I know exactly which one of my sites (think I am at 8now) I will be doing a custom thmeme with UBD for.

    Mat – Seeings how you were there in this video,the second guy stated that if an add supports your content thats not really classed as an add. Example – If Heathers blog (BBC) talks about sailing and she has button ads for sailing gear and supplies – is that classed as an add? or an add that has value?

    Never heard that before from someone.

  • It was an awesome session. Very informative.

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  • You all did a great job with the design makeover. Heather was very lucky to have you guys redo her blog.

  • Thanks for the positive feedback, Ted. IZEA Fest was an epic time and we sincerely appreciate your invitation.

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