Happy birthday, Signalnoise.com

Way back on April 20th, 1999 I registered my first domain name, Signalnoise.com. I started my time in the industry a mere 6 months prior to that, so this website has been traveling with me throughout the duration of my career. It’s gone through many transformations in both design and identity before it became the blog platform it is today.

It’s come a long way since I started noodling though graphic software and programming, and to celebrate the 11th birthday of the site here is a hilarious look back at a few of my previous website attempts over the past 11 years. Most of these are from the late 90s and early 2000’s. Enjoy :)


  1. DavidCom

    You registered it on 4/20? :D Nerdy stuff :D Happy Birthday!

  2. That’s what I call evolution. Happy Birthday!

  3. HBD 420′ :) just passed 4:20pm here at budapest
    thx for the nice historical selection!

  4. Thanks for sharing your previous designs! My favorite is the mecha layout but I’m partial to the pixel layout too.

    Happy birthday!

  5. Those pictures bring back so many memories… Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Wasn’t Hitler born the on the same date? O_o
    Anywayz, your plans for world domination are going much smoother…
    Happy birthday all the same:-)

  7. Steve

    Wow, you really are a man of the times. Those web designs are so perfect of the period. Great to look back to help us think of what is to come.

  8. Congrats on 11 years! Wow, you’ve really come a long way.
    I’ll definitely be putting something together for the occasion.

  9. Happy Birthday… just think, you are almost an unruly teenager now….

    I loved seeing the incarnations of the site.

  10. I noticed you have an obsession with Transformers and robots :P

  11. Joyeux anniversaire!

  12. james (Author)

    Thanks so much for the kind wishes, everyone. This website might be 11, but it still has the maturity level of a 7 year-old punk.

  13. David Inispi

    Congratulations James! Keep up the good work! :D

  14. well. I am a newbie for this industry. But it is so interesting to look back the old day design.. gave me a lot of memories.
    Happy birthdays, Singalnoise.

  15. aqm

    awesome reflection!

  16. Hey congrats James! and awesome seeing your past weblings :)

  17. Love seeing stuff like this. Like Steve said, all these designs are great representations of what was going on in the very young web design world at the time.

  18. wow! so cool that you post you old 90’s stuff! I like the one with transformer haha)

  19. a wonderful journey trough (grafix)time! great work.
    thanks and happy birthday!

  20. David

    Happy birthday Signalnoise! And congratulations James, you’re such a talented person. Thanks for sharing your amazing art.

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