Since I'm in the throes of the Art Biz Coach website redesign, I'm more than a little myopic right now.
I still get distracted by things I think I need to look up, like videos with Leo Castelli and Gilbert & George (from our Twitter book club reading of Leo & His Circle).
As I work on my site for the first big overhaul in 3.5 years, I thought about all of the forms the site has taken. I used the Web Archive to get a few screen captures for posterity.
This is really opening up a vein to you, but maybe it'll make you smile.
The early sites are me trying to figure out what Art Biz Coach was all about. Because I was early-ish getting a website, I always thought of myself as a .com, so ArtBizCoach.com appeared on all of my logos and as a business name. No more! You'll notice it disappears in my writing and my new Web design. I'm just plain old Art Biz Coach now.
So, you ready for the tour?
Here's the first site. Really not bad except for that awful font in ArtBizCoach.com.
The second site–just a few months later. There really was a graphic at the top of this page. Obviously it didn't work all of the time. I think I was trying to be fancy, but what a mess! Too many arrows and colors going on.
Wanna see more?
In 2003, I'm all about candy colors. I guess because nothing says business like candy. (Huh?) I still love these colors, but they never belonged on a business site, let alone an art site. It will remain notorious for the introduction of RED to Art Biz Coach.
The following year I commissioned Brian Whisenhunt to do some original cartoons for me. And apparently it became Christmas year-round at Art Biz Coach. On the plus side, the logo looks less cartoon-y.
A few months later I learned how to write marketing text–mostly with the help of Robert Middleton‘s InfoGuru Marketing Manual. I also started the blog in the fall of 2004. You can see it in the left sidebar below. The blog was “Art Thoughts” at the time. Six months later I had a d'oh moment, registered Art Biz Blog, and gained clarity.
The above site lasted for 2 whole years! A record! Then I wanted big-time changes and went all out for red. I still love the looks of this site, which was designed with the huge help of Pat Velte at Whitewing Design. On the downside, the logo got even more cartoon-y than the original version from 2002. The red very much influenced the design of my book cover.
This lasted until the summer of 2009 when I realized my bounce rate on the home page was too high. What I have now isn't lovely, but my bounce rate plummeted when I redid the home page. My name also disappeared. (ERROR!)
So, I guess we can only go up from here, huh?
Stay tuned. 5 days until lift off!