Blog Design: (Makeover)

There’s a new food blogger in town – Karl aka as Santelmo over at Pinoy Muffin Top. I was able to convince him to start a food blog and, as a gift, I promised to design a blog theme for him. It was more of a Blogger blog theme makeover actually.

This was how his blog looked before the makeover:'s theme BEFORE the makeover -

He was using a free Blogger template for food blogs. I actually found the colors and the background image appealing so I incorporated some of it on his new theme.

Karl wanted a clean layout. So, I used a li’l minimalistic approach in the whole design process, most especially because I was designing for a guy.

( details on the makeover after the jump 🙂 )

And, this is the result, the new theme for Pinoy Muffin Top:'s theme AFTER the makeover -


Karl loved the colors on Serious Eats. So, the main colors of his new theme were red, orange and olive green. I just added that darker border along the whole layout for depth.



Initially, Karl wanted a funny caricature or vector image of a guy with muffin top. But, I was able to convince him to go for something else that will suit his writing style better. And, so, I ended up with a muffin on the header and just let the rest of the blog title to the reader’s imagination. Hehehe 😀

I tried not to put too much cuteness on the layout since this was a theme for a guy. I’m just glad that Karl’s okay with those pastry Social Networking icons I used for the header.

And, I think this is becoming a signature, I placed the Feedburner email subscription on the header, too.

I also added 2 navigational menus for his static pages and favorite categories.



On the footer, you’d find 3 columns, which was what Karl wanted. I also added a page navigation in replacement of the previous/older and next/newer entries links.'s footer -



There were a couple of other elements I did for Pinoy Muffin Top. I made him a watermark, 125×125 banner, the very simple Read More image, signature, and the Facebook fan page photo.

Miscellaneous elements for -

Since I liked the background image of his old layout, I incorporated the fork, spoon and knife for the post divider, and used 2 of them too on the Post Title icon.

Check out the complete theme makeover now of Pinoy Muffin Top. Let me know what you think, okay? I sure hope Karl genuinely liked his new theme. 🙂

Next on my queue is Joy of Notepad Corner. ^_^

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