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Robin
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Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:35 am

dubiousdisc wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:31 pm
@Robin looool i'm dead
THE THING WITH THE HYPERLINKS asvgdhsadjklas;d I'll be laughing for the next few days

ALSO what was up with back then and them being HYPERlinks! I mean, I know that's still their name but... back then you actually would say HYPERLINKS out loud, and before I knew what they even were they conjured images of space travel and ludicrous speed and they're just... click to go over here. I guess that's why we dropped the hyper in the end.

Your first layout XD wow, how far you've come! Although I really can't hate the super 2000s swirl filter background...
LOL LUDICROUS SPEED! *click the link* "...they've gone to plaid!"

and YAY my swirl background :heart: :heart: :heart: --I remember making that in Photoshop Elements 2.0 and thinking "omg I just MADE a background that ACTUALLY LOOKS COOL WHATttttttt"
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:27 am
In the jrock scene it was even worse. People with domains and fansites were, most of the time, SO MEAN. I tell you, they were so high on themselves, one would approach them or read their about me sections and be immediately put off by how MEAN they were, like: "don't email me for nothing, don't steal anything or I'll hunt your head down, if you don't have decent graphic skills don't even mention affiliation to me" (and their graphic skills were pretty meh themselves xD
I saw that attitude in the anime fandoms too...I guess we were all young and trying to guard our territories, rofllll. I never understood the meanness over graphic skills, though--I was like "hey I can write well and that's just as good as being able to art well!" (Though to some extent that attitude is still present in professional webdesign today, since more employers value graphic design over web content writing and will pay more for it. Unfair! LOL!)
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:15 pm
I have no screenshots but I started out on Geocities. The searing pain of it all xD
Ah, Geocities, where we got our weird button sizing from! LOL! I was never located there but knew lots of folks who were...it was like the Wild West of fandoms over there ROFLLLL
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Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:52 pm

Robin wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:35 am
nyxmidnight wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:15 pm
I have no screenshots but I started out on Geocities. The searing pain of it all xD
Ah, Geocities, where we got our weird button sizing from! LOL! I was never located there but knew lots of folks who were...it was like the Wild West of fandoms over there ROFLLLL
Animated gifs with neon green backgrounds because the transparency failed. Animated dividers dripping blood. Red text on black background. Comic Sans. Marquees. Blink tags. iframes not targeted correctly. Links to break out of other websites' iframes. No CSS anywhere.

Pure horror.
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Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:33 pm

@nyxmidnight RED TEXT ON BLACK BACKGROUNDS
TRANSPARENCY FAILURES
AHAHAHA

it's like a mad version of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music!

Transparent iframes and gifs in the background;
Red text on backgrounds as black as eyeliner;
Blink tags and marquees and no CSS;
These are a few of the cringiest things


XD
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Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:46 pm

Perfection.
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Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:21 am

Sooo this is going to sound crazy, but I actually started doing pixel art before shrine-making. This is one of my first layouts (iframes LOL), on a personal site hosted on freewebs before I got a domain and my own hosting. Yeah, this is about 5000% different from what I do now, hah.

When I moved over to making shrine, my style flipped completely. This one is Blizzara's first layout, also iframes (which I still made up until 2007ish). After that, it was just a series of layouts with either divs or iframes in one of three colors :blank: They were all pretty pastel-y, in that hyper-blended dream-y style with a shitton of floral images. I also used to change my layout once every 2 or 3 months--how I found the time for it I have no idea. Occasionally, I broke the trend and did something bold and wacky.

My latest layout is probably the one on my Sora site, although I'm pretty darn proud of how this one other one turned out, which I think is most reflective of my current style (thanks boostrap :P). I try to shoot for more minimalist layouts nowadays, mostly because they work a little bit better for responsive design, but I still try and give it the detail that I've practiced for a long time.

@Fiona Aww, I remember your vexel layout! I couldn't remember if that was Misia or Koda Kumi (Imma go with the latter?). For some reason, I also remember your Rikku layout, though I don't recall if I saw it live or if you had a layout archive...?

@Bobbi Gurrrrrl, every time you bring up your Prompto shrine I get super hyped! I should probably make one to Iris or something haha!

Man, everyone talking about how elitist and cliquey everyone was just makes me shake my head (tbh I still see the same attitudes in fandom on tumblr and twitter). Getting hosted was also difficult af, though I feel like by the time I bought my own space, prices were starting to drop and become more affordable.

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Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:57 pm

nyxmidnight wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:15 pm
I have no screenshots but I started out on Geocities. The searing pain of it all xD
Oh man, me too. The sheer length of the url. ha ha! It was something like... geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Amphitheatre/1478

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