A Visual History of This Blog

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I will now give you a tour of this little online exhibit I've curated: mastheads for this blog over the years.

Circa 2003-2004

When I first started blogging (here, not at my Blogger blog I had in late 2002-early 2003), I had one of the standard Drupal templates, but Charlie graciously offered to change it to a color I wanted, and I requested pink. Then a dear friend of mine from college, an extremely talented professional graphic designer, Adam Howard, created these three mastheads for me. I'd bought some old children's books that the Florence, AL public library was selling for 25 cents each and picked out images I wanted to use.

culturecat1

culturecat2nd

culturecat3

I never used that third image as a masthead for my site, as it was a little too tall. Now that I know CSS a little better, though, it could work.

The difference between these images designed by Adam and the ones that follow is absolutely jarring. 2003-2004 was definitely the heyday of this blog's design. From here on out, it's amateur DIY all the way.

2005

I had this next one for a while; I designed it and the one underneath it (an outtake) from Creative Commons licensed photographs of cats:

culturecat2

CultureCatWired

And then I thought, why does it have to be so literal, with the whole cat thing? I can put a picture of anything I want up there. I made this one but never used it:

CultureCatNancyDrew

Then I made this one and did use it:

CultureCat

I made this next one and had it for a long time -- still one of my favorites:

logo

Then this one, which I also love, but mostly because of the font, which is called Beauty School Dropout:

logo

2006

Then the most recent erstwhile masthead:

Former Masthead

2007

And the one now -- you can see a difference now that I've started using ComicLife to make the images:

2logo

I also made these two, which I didn't end up using:

Roxanne Masthead

Josie Masthead

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awesome!

Is that John Stamos in the new one??

wow...

this is great---now if you could just add an audio tour option... :)

and..i found out awhile back that there is yet another SVH spinoff in the works called Sweet Valley Heights. Jessica, Elizabeth and the gang are 30 something and living in...wait for it...not the bungalow anymore but...a gated community!

-jessica

IF it comes out

I blogged about that over two years ago. It's exciting and would be a great guilty pleasure read, but don't get your hopes up.

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