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A short history of this website

The Lazarus Corporation website first appeared on the internet at some point in 1996. A series of static HTML pages I put together to showcase my artwork. Thankfully no record of the appalling design of the nascent website exist. It was probably very black.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2001

Screenshot from 2001

The first visible evidence comes from 2001, sometime after I launched version 2.0 (prominently promoted as “rev 2.0”). This was also a collection of static HTML pages I put together to showcase my artwork, and it was also very black.

That said, compared to the rest of the web back in 2001 which was dominated by Geocities- and Angelfire-hosted pages complete with blinking/scrolling text and unicorns for cursors, it was rather elegant and stylish.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2002

Screenshot from 2002

Version 3.0 was launched in 2002. It was still a collection of static pages, and it was still very black.

But it did mark the point where the Lazarus Corporation stopped being merely a website to promote my own artwork, diversifying to bring in other artists such as long-term-collaborator Alice Kemp and French artist Françoise Duvivier.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2003

Screenshot from 2003

2003 saw the launch of version 4.0 of the Lazarus Corporation site. This time it wasn’t black, but it did have an “intro” page - a feature which can most kindly be described as “of its time”.

Under the hood it had changed from static HTML pages to PHP, which made it a lot easier to maintain - a good thing because the number of pages was growing rapidly.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2005

Screenshot from 2005

Version 4.2 was launched in 2005. The intro page was thankfully dropped and the site moved much closer to the format it has today, and several more artists and writers were on-board including Zenon Gradkowski.

A bit of red colour livened up the site banner. A lively discussion forum brought quite a number of new visitors in - quite an achievement at a time when nearly every site on the web had a discussion forum.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2007

Screenshot from 2007

Version 4.3 was launched in 2007. Monitors had got wider, so the website became more elastic (and a lot more visual).

Outposts on social networks started to be integrated, and the white, red, & black colour scheme set the tone for the next few years.

The discussion forum kept going, but discussion in general was migrating to the socials.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2010

Screenshot from 2010

Version 5.0 was launched in 2010. The discussion forum was quietly shelved as social networks became the web’s preferred medium of conversation, allowing the Lazarus Corporation website to concentrate on visual art and long-form written content (the forum was backed-up and archived, just in case).

Colours got very white and light grey, moving the site design into the background to let the artwork dominate the screen.

The Lazarus Corporation, 2013

Screenshot from 2013

Version 6.0 which was launched in December 2013, mixing what I thought was the best of previous designs - still keeping the clean white space, but adding just a splash of red.

To be fair, it lasted well.

And that brings us to the current version, launch in late 2023. Yes, the previous version lasted for ten years! This new version reflects the web of the early 2020s, introducing new faster-loading image formats (AVIF and WebP), and has discarded JavaScript libraries since I only ever used 1% of their functionality anyway.

For those who might be interested I have set up a Version History page to track all bug fixes and enhancements to this incarnation of the site.