I was digging through some files and stumbled across my archive of the splash pages that used to provide a point of entry to the website, back in the day when splash pages were common. In retrospect, they were a pretty stupid idea — access speeds were pokey enough eight or nine years ago, and to hide a site behind a graphical page that took a minute to download was downright asinine. But they’re a nice reminder of a more naive time on the Internet, when everyone was still developing a feel for how this “online” nonsense would work out.
My splash pages, on the other hand, are kind of depressing. I found a trove of 40. Four zero! Forty! A few of them are terrible, but for the most part they’re really good — funny, nerdy, well-drawn, very crisp-looking. I love the one above — it totally nails the linework, color and logo style of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne. And it had a reflection nearly a decade before Apple and Web 2.0 made it a cliché! Boo yeah. Stuff like this makes me wonder what’s happened to me. I used to be creative, hard-working, artistic; now, I’m… not. Did I say “kind of” depressing? Sorry, I meant “where did I put that razor blade?”
On the other hand, the former me still had his, uh, off moments:
Honestly, I don’t even know.