The Design History of My Personal Online Portfolios

Here I am again, telling my life story to anyone who will listen.  In fact, I’m seriously surprised you’re even reading this!

Obsessive is the word I use to describe the frequency of my website redesigns over the 3 years I was running a portfolio online. I had close friends doing the same thing and I got to the point where I’d redesign my entire website over a day or two – which is a lot considering it was all done in html in those days, which meant re-uploading the whole thing each time!

McMaster Design

It started simple, my last name was the focus of my first online portfolio.  I unfortunately lost my first website which I banged together when I was 15, but have managed to keep a screen shot of the second design which I released a year later at the ripe age of 16.  Very “photoshoppy”:

McMaster Design

It was purely there to show off the imagery I had created in Photoshop, with a few links to websites I liked and friends of mine also.  If you have any experience in Photoshop, you’ll notice that I fell in love with the bevel feature!

Blind Eye (blind-i.com)

This was when things got serious. I spoke to my dad, asked for a domain name and hosting and he sorted it out for me – the genius name I had was Blind Eye.

I very quickly put up my first design which was quite in depth, with a different layout for each section in a JavaScript popup window. Below is a gallery showing off the different sections of the site including the splash page:

The Splash Page

The Splash Page

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

Media (Portfolio)

Media (Portfolio)

Links

Links

Home/Welcome Page

Home/Welcome Page

About Page

About Page

This version lasted a little while, but then I gained my severe addiction to website redesigns.

I went totally nuts, constantly redesigning and re-imagining my image. But man did I learn and evolve my style at this time, which I think is when I learnt the absolute most.  I learned not to do a whole layout for each page though, so here are the designs that followed…

Blind Eye Version 2

Blind Eye Version 2

Blind Eye Version 3

Blind Eye Version 3

Blind Eye Version 4 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 4 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 4

Blind Eye Version 4

Blind Eye Version 5 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 5 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 5

Blind Eye Version 5

Blind Eye Version 7 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 7 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 7

Blind Eye Version 7

Blind Eye Version 6 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 6 Splash Page

Blind Eye Version 6

Blind Eye Version 6

Blind Eye Version 8 Splash

Blind Eye Version 8 Splash

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Blind Eye Version 9

Blind Eye Version 9

Blind Eye Version 9 ( I called it 10 for some reason)

Blind Eye Version 9 ( I called it 10 for some reason)

WadeMcMaster.com?

Yeah I started on WadeMcMaster.com back in 2003, but never finished it.  It was only in 2015 I decided to follow through, so we’re here now. But I did come up with some basic designs for it, using the following image:

wademcmaster.com

I never implemented this style into a complete site however, and that’s where it ended!  I started work full time as a graphic designer & web designer and it kept moving from there.

So that’s the history of my online portfolios before now. I hope you enjoyed it! 😛

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