For the past month our design team at Breathe has been giving our website a much-needed face-lift. And, it looks fabulous!

When I first started at Breathe in November, we talked about the idea/possibility of making some changes digitally — launching a new website where we’d separate the blog roll from print content. The first week of January, in cahoots with the whole New Year ideal of “starting anew,” we all met up and rediscussed the website’s direction. It didn’t take much deliberation: the art team had been vying for a new site for awhile, and I, a total newbie with the magazine, was down for whatever it took to take Breathe to the next level. So, we excitingly took on this new adventure.

Here’s what our awesome, creative design team came up with. Makes me so happy to work with people who get excited about what we do — our content, the website, the magazine and social media. All these platforms are interconnected to make Breathe Breathe. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Below is a screenshot of Breathe’s new home page. Check out the simple top navigation and side categories. Also, check our social media box (Twitter, Facebook, RSS and Pinterest) with icons that mirrored our website’s style. We also have a page-turning digital issue so you can flip page by page through each print publication. This allowed us to separate our blog and print content, which makes things less confusing for the reader.

And as you scroll down, notice the date boxes, e-newsletter sign-up and how the clean, simple design of the website lets the content shine through.

And keep scrolling down. Check out the bottom nav. The former website had almost twice as many bottom nav options, which cluttered the bottom of the page.

I love our categories box. We tried to keep the categories to a minimum and I’m excited that instead of calling the box “categories” we went with “we love,” because we love the subject matter that makes up Breathe.

I rewrote our About Us page and made part of it quirky and poetic.

Our The Magazine section features all the print publications in digital form. So exciting to have all the print magazines at your fingertips! 

One of my favorite pages is our Contributors page. It shows the happy faces of Breathe’s blogging community. We are still missing some faces, which we’ll update soon.

And for a blast into the past, here is the old Breathe.

And the old blog roll.

What do you all think? Let me know!

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