Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

23 July 2007

Unearthing the History of Be Good Not Bad

I find it entertaining to look back at my old stuff, especially the stuff I made for myself. Oh, I so wish I had archives of my first websites. I’m sure they would be pretty entertaining. When I started blogging though, I made a sincere effort to keep better archives of my sites, and so have archived the front pages of each of my blog designs. As I link to the archived pages, note that few of the links on these pages still work. I simply archived the source of the page, not the entire site.

Screenies of the Blogs

The Blog

Looking through the old blog designs is like revisiting old friends. I was struck by a few different things. One is that my first blog design still holds up pretty decently. It’s pretty clean, minimal, and doesn’t try to be anything more than a blog. Gotta love that.

Blog design number two was the longest running design to date, having lasted about a year and a half. It launched the classic table-top woodgrain and coffee cup design that has in some way been a part of these sites ever since. In the end though, this design suffered from too much clutter. It didn’t start out that way, but more and more stuff creeped in over time. I was glad to see it go.

Thus, I launched design number three in March 2006. It was definitely more of a realign than a redesign. I kept the tabletop look; however, I ended up having to reshoot the photo to get the espresso cup placement right. I stripped out the cruft and moved things around to get it all more crisp and clean. I still like this look a lot, and I definitely think it was the best of the bunch.

Screenies of the Portfolios

Be Good Not Bad

Back in 2005, as I started to ramp up my freelancing efforts, I finally found a good use for the begoodnotbad.com domain I had purchased on a lark. How did I get the name? My cat was attacking me while I was working one day. I lifted him to my face and spoke firmly, “Be good, not bad!” I then hopped on GoDaddy and registered the domain name.

The first design was nice and simple. I had built it on the Textpattern, the same engine that was powering my blog at the time. I had grandiose plans of publishing a bunch of work to the site. The problem was I realized that I really wanted to showcase only the best work, as elegantly as possible.

Thus I launched a redesign of Be Good Not Bad. I used the amazing SlideShowPro to make a simple gallery of my work. I also added a bio and contact page and called it good. (Note: this is one case where the entire site is archived.)

Finally, we come to now; I’ve already written about this most recent redesign. I really like this one; I definitely spent the most hours on it and am excited about where things will go from here.