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Evolution of a Web Design

Evolution
Evolution
My original business name was Dawn’s Brain Design, and my Web site for it was dawnsbrain.com. I kept a teaching blog there since 2006, when I started teaching full time. I thought it would be fun to take a look at how dawnsbrain.com evolved since 2000 when I began it.

 

You can look up archives of Web sites with the Wayback Machine at archive.org. Sometimes images weren’t archived completely, so some of the screenshots below have some missing bits.

 

August 2000
Yes, I used frames and I am ashamed. But, hey it was 2000. I wasn’t even promoting my design work yet. Longest copyright notice ever. This is the earliest version I can find of dawnsbrain.com.

August 2000
August 2000

 

January 2001
The Flash splash page with various animations is missing in the archive. Luckily, I have samples of a few of them below. Roll over one of the thumbnails on the left. I had just learned to use Flash.

 

July 2001
I have no idea how I expected people to contact me. There were no links on this page while I redesigned the site (which apparently took a few months). Just some self-promotional verbiage.

July 2001
July 2001

 

February 2002
I still like these goofy creatures I used for the navigation. I made some decent glass buttons for the left edge, but the text formatting is so lame. When you rolled over the text, you got a JavaScript image swap in the right-hand box. This is the first appearance of a Dawn’s Brain logo.

February 2002
February 2002

 

September 2002
What was I thinking? This looks so formal and bland. At least I was learning how to tighten up the layout, and the logo looks better. I think this is when I started using X-Cart as a way to generate my portfolio. X-Cart was not a bad solution, and I used it for several years in this manner.

September 2002
September 2002

 

November 2002
This is a small improvement. I added images of recent work above the introductory text.

November 2002
November 2002

 

February 2004
Finally a return to color, with an aquatic theme. I really love animals. I took those photos as Monterey Aquarium, I think. This was about the time I also fell in love with the combination of orange and green.

February 2004
February 2004

 

December 2005
I was really falling in love with 50’s modern design motifs. I finally came up with my favorite logo design for Dawn’s Brain: the retro “dbd”. This was my first Web design done completely with CSS positioning rather than tables.

December 2005
December 2005

 

August 2006
This was when I went into teaching full-time and put my freelance career on hold. The banner image is missing here but it looked pretty much like the current banner. I swapped the X-cart portfolio for my first WordPress blog.

August 2006
August 2006

 

BluLob.com
I’m hoping that the archive eventually shows my earlier attempts here at blulob.com. I failed to archive the screenshots myself. The Wayback Machine says that it takes about 6 months for the archives to appear after they have been collected, so I’ll be checking back with them in September. In the meantime, here’s what blulob.com looks like today, May 2, 2009:

May 2, 2009
May 2, 2009

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