It is very important that the blog looks clean and professional (with high contrast on the main read section) also stick to 1 – 2 main bold colours so as to not make it too confusing.
We do like the clean clear look of this site http://www.shopify.com/blog#axzz2ipDGclql
Also fonts are very important to us so the best clear font and titles are also of key importance (all text needs to be razor sharp and easy to read at a font size that is not too big or small) possibly like http://blog.statuspage.io/how-we-in…11-percent
We would like a header that says (creative marketing and design advice for small business), we are trying to keep the blog away from the commercial side of the print company as much as possible so the blog can grow wings on its own (we are not looking to put our logo on the blog).
We are also open to ideas but please keep in mind that this wants to be a professional blog and not too busy, also look to the big blogs in the business design and advice sector similar to http://www.shopify.co.uk/blog#axzz2ivLlhVUI .
The titles need to look right at a decent size for around 65 characters (including spaces).
The box on the top right wants to say subscribe and get a FREE ultimate guide to marketing for your business Ebook and receive the latest news similar to http://www.printed.com/promotions/smarta-ebook
Please see the attached layout drafts (for home page and post page).