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