As probably all of you know, I’m a web designer. Today I’m going to share with you some of my old website designs, which are total crap! I got this idea from Rinn Reads, who shared some of her own old site designs!
My first experience with web design was with Neopets. I used to play when I was like 12 and I’d design/code my user profile and create mini web pages for my Neopets.
I’m not going to talk about these individually, because they’re all so similar! At this point I sucked at coding. Basically all I did was draw a header image and then pick one spot to put text. Then I’d absolutely position the text box there.. and that’s it! 😛
Also you can see some of my silly Neopets artwork—hah!
Portfolio Website Designs
Now, what you see below is after my intro Neopets stage, when I first started designing my own portfolio site (previously called Ævans Arts, now called Creative Whim).
Mmost of these are really ugly, but you can see how I progressed, which is pretty cool!
Ævans Arts #1
This was one of the first designs where I incorporated one of my artwork pieces into the site. It’s a very graphical layout and the text would go where you see the “Test” text. I’m actually not sure if this was my first ever Ævans Arts website design.. I feel like maybe it was my second. But it was the earliest one I could find!
Ævans Arts #2
This is when I first started toying with the idea of using the name Creative Whim instead of Ævans Arts. The domain name was still aevansarts.com, but I started using Creative Whim in the header. I was really into space art at the time so I turned that into a layout. Again, a very, very graphic-intensive layout. And I was really into glowing text and lines.
Ævans Arts #3
Yet another space layout, but a lot more simple than the previous one. God the typeface in the header looks awful. Since this is a mockup the boxes are empty, but that’s basically where images/text would go.
Ævans Arts #4
This was my first attempt at a more ‘modern’ layout. The others were super graphic heavy and with this one I tried to be more simplistic and focus on design rather than incorporating my own artwork. i was actually happy with this for a long time, but the coding was a bit sucky.
Creative Whim #1
This is when I officially moved my site from aevansarts.com to creativewhim.com! The layout was very, very different from what I’d previously done, but I was happy with it and felt like I was finally progressing as a designer.
Creative Whim #2
This was a massive overhaul! I went back to space art, but did a bunch better job incorporating it into the design than before. This was also one of my very first websites that was responsive. I ended up keeping this layout for a long time!
Creative Whim #3
This was just a small touch up on the previous design. I still loved a lot of the aspects, but I felt like some of it was a bit dated. I wanted to keep the space theme but try a more modern, “flat” UI style. And this is what Creative Whim looks like today!
How far I’ve come!
It’s so cool to look back and see how far I’ve come as a designer. That first Ævans Arts design was from 2010, I think, so I’ve grown a lot in just four years! I hope that in another four years I’ll look back on my current work from 2013/2014 and think, “Wow, I sucked back then!” 😛 Because in 2010, I totally thought I was the shit. I looked at those designs and was so proud of myself! But now of course I look back and think I was total crap. Funny how that happens. 😛
I just hope I continue to get better and better!