The OG iteration of this site featured a "welcome page" that loaded in all black and the user had to move the mouse around to fill in the screen. At the time I had some experience with jQuery and css animations but other than litte accordiansWoooo I'm an accordian and other similar things I had never really combined those skills into anything exciting.
I had a lot of fun with this particular project and it was where I drew the inspiration for the sites current layout from. It started off as a grid of 10 boxes by 10 boxes and was meant to be an activity while the rest of the page loaded. As I further thought about what I wanted my site to be I realized I was going to be keeping it simple enough that a loading animation was unneccesary (sidenote: I also knew nothing about ajax but that's not important). With that in mind I didn't want to waste the work I had put into it so I doubled the resolution and decided to use it as a "welcome screen". At first the revealed word was "HELLO" but I though that was lame so I doubled the resolution again and went with "WELCOME" which I still think is lame, hence why the page is no longer part of the site.
I love the look of it and the solid jQuery foundation it helpled me establish but in hindsight it is a clear picture of the maturity I have gained as a web designer/developer. It's a bit of a show-offy piece and far more visually interesting and entertaining than it is functional. Like I said though, I stuck with the simple color scheme and boxey look to end up with the site you see now!