Marianne is a wife, mama, professional web designer and the founder of Design Your Own Blog, a website dedicated to helping bloggers with little to no design experience beautify their own blogs DIY-style. 
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Marianne spent 20 years in Colorado before moving to Costa Rica to live out her dream of endless summer. She has almost 20 years of experience designing and building websites for businesses small to large. 
She provides tons of free design resources, including her Facebook group, Blog Beautiful as well as premium products and 1 on 1 services for those who just don’t have the time to DIY. 
Marianne believes that all business owners, bloggers, and solopreneurs should be able to make their own little piece of the web more beautiful so they can attract the customers they want. 
Loves: family, friends, the beach, coffee, and wine!


Latest courses by this instructor

“When you take a step back and look at your blog’s overall look and feel, what comes to mind?

Does it feel organized and easy on the eyes? Or does it feel cluttered and chaotic?

You can make a big impact by adjusting a few small things on your blog right now. Find the time to make these changes and you’ll be amazed at how much better it feels to look at your blog.”

Use visual hierarchy and contrast

The first step in determining visual hierarchy is to ask yourself:What is it that I want people to do when they land on this page?

Less is More

Cluttered layouts are overwhelming. Give people’s eyes a clear and natural path to follow down the page. If there is too much to look at, they won’t see anything at all.

Use the grid

When elements on your blog page are not aligned to a grid, the lack of cohesiveness can make your design appear haphazard and random. This causes mental discord for your visitors.