Friday, December 7, 2007

Evolution of the Banner

I decided I wanted to take a trip down memory lane, so I dug up some old (and relatively new) banner images I created throughout the life of RAF.

Here's the first banner for Richard's Animorphs Forum, used in early 2003:

The second, a more refined banner to fit the black and blue forum template:

Then I decided to move the forum in a more general direction. This phase is the Richard's Absolute Forum phase. Here's the banner that went with the new template that was a much lighter feel.

I then reverted to an Animorphs based forum, Richard's Animorphs Forum re-emerged in the latter half of 2004 with a new light blue theme. (This theme was created for another one of my projects, so I just implemented it into RAF). This is the banner, which we had for quite some time.

In the early months of 2005, RAF got its logo. It was introduced in the following dynamic banner. All banners after, then followed this theme. Logo on the right, image on the left.

Late 2005 saw the text "Richard's Animorphs Forum" removed, the banner was narrowed, Ax removed, and the RAF logo color changed to white. One such variant can be seen below:

The height of the banner than became a problem in my eyes, as it never stood out as banners should, so then the now recognizable banner was extended using the same Megamorphs 4 Animorphs image. The only difference rather than skewed as can be seen with the above two banners, the Animorphs' silhouette are displayed on the current RAF banner as they appear on the book.
It is this banner that is currently being repeatedly modified to prevent monotony.

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