Monday, December 7, 2009

In Which I Evolve

This past weekend I went through a bunch of folders on my laptop, getting rid of old files or duplicates that I no longer needed. The occasional file purge is good to do sometimes, and it keeps everything I have strategically organized free from clutter. As I was clearing stuff out and listening to that neat sound my computer makes when I empty the recycle bin, I came across the old headers that I used to have up here on my blog.

My long-time readers will remember these, but I've had the current design up for a little while now, and it's the only design a majority of my newer followers have seen. Since I'm always one to poke fun at myself, I thought it'd be neat to show the evolution of my blog's header design over the past 22 months.


Circa February 2008:



Circa April 2008:



Circa May 2008:



Circa August 2008:



Circa October 2008:



Circa January 2009:



Circa February 2009:



Circa February 2009:






The current header has been up there the longest, since May 2009. It's interesting to see how things have changed aesthetically around here, when the normal focus (for me, at least) is making sure that my writing is progressing in the right direction. I'd like to think it has, because most of you are still here.

When I look back at the old headers, I'd have to say my favorite was "The Godfather" one. I had a blast making that one, and I've often thought about reverting back to it. And either I am the world's biggest procrastinator or just insanely forgetful, but I still owe Lola a custom-made shirt with that design on it as her prize for winning my first fall contest back in 2008. I don't know how I've gone this long without remembering to get that out to her. Lola, if you're still interested in the shirt, let me know.

That's all I've got for today. Happy Monday, folks.

37 Comments:

Nej said...

I completely agree, the Godfather one is sweet!!!

Deb Thaxton said...

-->I agree, The Godfather one is my favorite.

TechnoBabe said...

Yes the Godfather header is really good.

Moonspun said...

Well since I didn't see the first two, I guess I know when I strolled along and became a Badass Fan!

mepsipax said...

Wow, waiting that long to give a prize is ballsy. Surprised you didn't wake up to a horses head in your bed. Or at least an animal cracker.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I always liked the "in which I am about to rock" one.

Amy said...

LOVE THE GODFATHER REFERENCE!!! That is wicked clever Badass!

BugginWord said...

Wow,I am in awe of your mad graphic skillz. I shall now huddle in shame.

Laura said...

Will you come clean out my computer.... It is in desperate need! I don't have the time :(

Amber Page Writes said...

The Godfather one is pretty awesome. But I do like your current design.

I would love to add something witty here, but...my three day old headache has apparently killed all the clever cells.

Phoenix said...

Okay, so I just found your blog and was reading over some posts thinking, in a completely non-stalker way, that we should be blogger buddies, because I too have an affinity for sarcasm, swearing like a sailor, and as I live in LA, rude hand gestures are an effective way of communicating with those around me on the freeway. Plus anyone who calls themselves a Badass Geek gets a couple gold stars in my page.

So it's nice to cyber-meet you, I'm a fan, and I'm also still shaking in quiet laughter at your "I got sick and peed all over myself" post.

Hilarious, yet classy. Only the strong can combine those two. Well done, sir!

Melanie's Randomness said...

No pun intended but these are seriously BADASS!!! hehe.

I love the Star Wars one & the Godfather one!

Bee and Rose said...

They're all fabulous! I love your current one and the Godfather one the most:) I do have a soft spot for the cool geek in the plaid jacket though!

Nyx said...

I like your current one the best :) But, I have to agree with the crowd and jump on the bandwagon - the Godfather one is my favorite out of your older ones.

Mad Woman said...

The Godfather one was great...but I really do like the current one. Which reminds me, I need to send you an email. Will do that later this afternoon.

Mwa said...

I think I read you for a while in the middle, then I stopped reading blogs altogether (I wasn't shunning anyone). Then I got back to it. Funny to see which designs I did and didn't see.

Lady Mama said...

I like the Godfather one best.

tattytiara said...

Those are all so well made! I'm still on my first banner, and it's cringingly obvious. It's basically the photoshop equivalent of dry macaroni and glitter on construction paper.

Dugaldo said...

I just started reading you. Thanks for the retrospective, I feel like I've been a follower all along.

The Peach Tart said...

They are all incredibly creative.

Alan said...

Cool logos Geek! I should do something like that but never seem to have A) the time or B) the interest. But I've always thought YOUR logo was pretty damn sweet...

carissajaded said...

I love these ! The Godfather one is sweeeeet... but I have to say my favorite of your past headers has got to be the Star Wars one... but my favorite favorite is your current one!

Badass Geek said...

Nej: Thank you!

Deb Thaxton: It is pretty rockin'.

TechnoBabe: It was fun to design, too.

Moonspun: My blog wasn't really public until the third revision.

Mepsipax: Not out of any intention. Just forgetfulness.

Aunt Juicebox: I liked that one, too. I also really like AC/DC.

Amy: Thank you!

BugginWord: Would you hate me to know that I did the first four in Microsoft Paint?

Laura: Sure!

Amber Page Writes: Me, too.

Phoenix: Thank you for your kind words! We can totally blog buddies.

Melanie's Randomness: The Star Wars one was awesome to make, too.

Bee and Rose: Me, too.

Nyx: That does seem to be the consensus.

Mad Woman: Alrighty!

Mwa: Ah, so you were a lurker at first, eh?

Lady Mama: It is kinda awesome.

Tattytiara: Hey, macaroni creations can be cool

Dugaldo: Glad to hear it!

The Peach Tart: Thank you kindly.

Alan: Thanks, dude!

CarissaJaded: Star Wars was just a natural choice for me.

mumma boo said...

The Godfather header was my favorite, followed closely by Star Wars and the "about to rock" one. Oh hell, I like them all. You have some serious graphic talent.

Little Ms Blogger said...

I like the May 2008 logo....but I also like the one you have now.

Mrs Soup said...

I adore the Star Ones one.

plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Godfather is my favourite, closely followed by Mastercard. Good work.
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minivan soapbox said...

Oh, even before you said it - I think my favorite is the Godfather one....Fun that kept them all though!

Angie said...

Well done! We try to switch ours up, but we're not graphic designers by any means. YAY FOR PAINT!

Aunt Becky said...

You're all talented and stuff and making me look bad. DAMN YOU.

Rebecca Knight said...

The AC/DC one made me smile (and then rock)!

MaryRC said...

i found you via Momakin... really dig your headers, im partial to the godfather one myself.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. You have had some very cool logos! And you have been blogging for a long time!

Matt said...

Awesome logos. I think its important to change often. It gives your readers something to look forward to.

Lola said...

Um, yeah, I was about to bitch you out when I saw the Godfather one that I had requested be put on my black, low-cut t-shirt, until I read further.

Nice save, man! Of course, I want my t-shirt, so get on it!!! I want a new header, too, but I'm thinking of jumping Blogger ship sooner rather than later.

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Sandy said...

Not that anyone asked but I like the one you're using now the best. The Godfather design is pretty cool, too.

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