The History of Web Design

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Do you remember how websites used to look almost 20 years ago? In 1996, mobile support was practically inexistent, and the Web was more or less text-based. In 2000, things started looking better — literally. Screen resolution support was increased to 800 x 600, sites began using more colours as well as navigation tabs. We sure have come a long way since then, haven’t we?

Are there any web designers around? What’s your fondest web-design-related memory from the last 17 years?

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  1. Octopus Creative Design
    December 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Limited bandwidth on a dial up modem was my biggest challenge as a web designer. Most of my websites used a lot of black as that colour required less effort for a browser to download. My only other (harsh) memory was Internet Explorer 6's shocking handling of the CSS box model. The hours I wasted trying to get a design looking right in that!

  2. Joel L
    December 3, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Angelfire/Geocities/Tripod... those were the days! It's amazing to see how far web design has come. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

    Also, kinda strange that Firefox is on a downhill. It seems like Firefox was popular when Chrome was better, but now that Chrome is terrible, Firefox is losing ground. Weird.

  3. Tinkicker
    December 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Yeah, I remember Angelfire...2000-2002. I actually had a lot of fun with that lol.

  4. Jordi
    December 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    My earliest memory on web creation is geocities, that was my first playground, I was a tad sad when yahoo announced its deletion, but as all in web: evolve or die

  5. Matthew H
    December 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Anyone remember Angelfire?

    Yeah. That was my first foray into web publishing. Turns out it's possible for eyes to vomit.

  6. steveb
    December 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    NOT my favourite memory - the 'blinking' tag !