For a bit of context…
Rated Awesome (RA) is an online gaming community I started back in March of 2012. Obsessed with Team Fortress 2 at the time and it’s huge player base, RA was my attempt to get more involved with the community. We started off small, hosting only one game server, but over the next couple of years would eventually expand to four. You can find out more about the overall project on my portfolio page or check out our website.
As with any public group, the rise in popularity and player growth came with its fair share of obstacles. This mostly involved general server maintenance and creating an online presence our players could associate with (branding, style, forums). In an attempt to keep costs low (instead of hiring a graphic artist), I took it upon myself to tackle each of these obstacles and what came next were a series of erratic changes spanned out over the next couple of years. Below is the remnants of the evolution of Rated Awesome.
Over the course of several years, I was constantly changing my mind about our logo design.
Learning to design a proper website with matching schemes and complimentary typography was rough at first. Our website went through A LOT of changes. Unfortunately, these are the only snapshots I could recover from the WayBack Machine.
Looking at all these images and how they impacted my community has certainly been a trip down memory lane. Despite the many restless nights working with photoshop, I can say for certain it was worth it. Not only did I learn something new with each change, but it helped me develop a sense of good design. I still have a ways to go so by no means are the changes going to stop anytime soon!