On October 1, 2003 I registered the domain name photricity.com. It’s been more than a decade since then, and the site has gone through many iterations and changes. This is a visual timeline of the major redesigns. Just a fair warning: not everything is going to be pretty.
The initial design was very grey and based on lots and lots of html tables. I don’t think I even knew what CSS was at the time. Each individual page was laboriously assembled in Notepad. The images were made using state-of-the-art graphics programs such as Microsoft Paint and some super cool 3D text app.
In 2005 I really stepped up the color by adding blue. Lots of blue. I wanted it to look really different from the typical website, and whether for good or bad I believe I accomplished that goal. Who needs usability when you’ve got frames and even more tables! I designed a new Photricity logo icon which has stuck to this day.
If you wanted more color your wish was granted in 2007 with an eye-melting orange. Finally powered by WordPress, the site became much more useful.
In 2009 I really got down to (photography) business. People started asking me to take their wedding pictures, so I started doing some actual marketing. A bit more sensible design hopefully scared away a few less people.
The evolution continued in 2011 with a few html5 elements and some neat little hover effects. Apparently I can’t seem to decide on any particular color.
And now in 2014 I’ve pulled out all the stops, scraped together all my knowledge of web design and more, and created a site that’s fully responsive, standards compliant, and uses the latest web technologies. Try loading it up on your computer and your smartphone and see what a responsive, mobile optimized website can do.
I’m not saying that all Josh Meyer’s are ugly, or that a cool name always leads to a beautiful face, but you have to admit there’s a correlation.
I wonder if the Spanish version of UNO is called ONE?