From the Archive – Vector Illustration Circa 1995

Okay, so I’ve been super busy, and not much time to post. Although, I should have some exciting new work to share very soon. I’ve decide to create a “From the Archive” category so I can share things from my past that didn’t have the benefit of the bloggersphere world we live in today.


his is a illustration I produced in approximately 1995. Frankly, my memory is a bit fuzzy, but with that in mind, if I remember correctly we were beta testing some web based software for Macromedia, which I think was called Shocked. Not Shockwave. Basically, it was a bowser-based solution to zoom into vector images. Keep in mind that the developers of Flash were probably still in junior high at this time, so this seemed pretty cool at the time. Even cooler you could zoom up to 7200 percent.

We saw it as an opportunity to have fun and decided to design a site that showed off the technology. This was the main navigation page. And of course we intentionally made the page links 1 point type, to force the user to use the zoom feature. Explore the illustration and find links to different pages, with messages and discover bits of wisdom and treasures. In a nut shell, that’s pretty much it.

Produced with Macromedia Freehand, I remember when I did it, blends in Freehand and Illustrator were not so great, and hard to use. In our office we would debate, for hours, whether Freehand or Illustrator was better, and pretty much split down the middle. But as time has passed, Adobe clearly won that battle. Viva Illustrator!