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The Web Design Timeline – The Early Years

It was 1989, I was 15. Soul II Soul was riding the charts with Keep on Movin’. Sharing the message of not stopping the hands of time. While Tim Berners-Lee proposed the internet. Little did we know that

“Click Clock, find your own way to stay. The time will come one day”.

A few years later I was knee deep in design websites with code.  I was the graphic designer in 1995 who understood what impact TABLES would be! I built sites that were balanced with spacer transparent GIF tiles. Those days were web design wonders.

Upon the arrival of CSS in 1996 – I grasped the potential. However, unlike any other website code, CSS is easy. Too easy.

In 1996, Website Design and Development was hard stuff.  The learning curve was so short for CSS that it took programmers years to adapt to using CSS as the design element for controlling the website design.

You have got to recall that 1996 was also the “Flower Power” year of website design. Yes, we had Flash. I WAS A BIG FLASH FAN & MASTER FLASH DEVELOPER. My first Flash website (www.dagnabit.tv) won first prize from WIRED magazine. I loved working with Flash.

Web Design Timeline

1989 – Tim Berners-Lee Proposed the World Wide Web.
1991 – Text-based websites.
1993 – Mosaic Browser is launched.
1994 – The W3C is created.
1994 – Amazon arrive.
1995 – Design with Tables.
1995 – JavaScript brings the Pop-up Window.
1996 – Browser War: Microsoft and Netscape.
1996 – Internet Explorer – Uses CSS and tables.
1996 – Flash – in the pan. The limitless website design Flash Era.
1996 – Website Design with Dynamic HTML.
1997 – Macromedia release Dreamweaver website application.
1998 – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) begin to impact website design.
2003 – WordPress arrives and provides user-driven content websites – takes a while to catch on.
2007 – Grids and Framework websites.
2010 – Responsive Website Design – why didn’t any website developer think of this solution years before?
2010 – Flat graphics are in fashion for website design. Yes, Apple did it first for the iPad. But rather than a new solution, Apple chose to step back to the early years of website design when graphics file size was a concern.