History of Websites
Starting in 1990, we are excited to explore the critical milestones throughout the years that have shaped the industry we all love.
Follow along as we highlight all the hard work created throughout the years. We especially want to thank Webdesigmusuem.org for being the primary source of information as well the beautiful world wide web. This year was iconic for starting it all from the birth of our beloved tool: photoshop, to search engines and even browsers and into basic HTML and styling.
From winning the mega millions to birthing twins to surviving a plane crash, the odds are in your favor if you compare it to clicking on a web banner.
A lot of technical advancements happened just before the early 2000s. (and we even saw the birth of the 16x16 px logo that sits in your browser tab)
Before we even get into the technical side of websites, a powerful three-letter word enters the chat: SEO. Oh, and can you guess what's next? Why hello, Google. From advances with HTML 3.2, CSS 2.0, and I.E. 4.0, web 2.0 is evolving. Dreamweaver, Macromedia Fireworks, and even Mozilla emerge as well. And how could we forget about the tiny logo in the browser - enter the iconic Favicon.
The Design Era is upon us. And even the company that introduced the top 8 and our (forced) best friend, Tom Anderson enters the chat.
In the early 2000s, one of our favorite and most prestigious website awards sites, FWA, came online. Also, engineers created media queries and the box model, and Audi led the game by developing the first responsive website. And even our beloved website CMS WordPress entered the online world along with Wikipedia, Wayback Machine, Safari, and you know it: Myspace.
With 122+ million daily active users and people consuming more than a billion hours of video daily, the giant is here to stay, and this was just the beginning.
Many tech giants started this year - YouTube, Firefox, Reddit, Flickr, and Twitter - dare I name more. (and how about that Million Dollar Homepage - IYKYK) Also, website development advancements include CSS Sprites, Jquery, CSS, and even Sass. We also saw Google Analytics debut along with the beloved smashing magazine - a source of inspiration, knowledge, and tools for web designers & developers.
"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything." - is one of Steve Jobs's famous quotes.
2007 was a massive year for the future of mobile. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone - one of the most iconic moments in history. We also saw Facebook create the like-button - a move that encouraged even more stickiness with the growing popularity of the social networking platform. We also saw critical moments in the web design world, from the introduction of Behance and Dribble to CSS Design Awards and technical advancements such as CSS grid, flexbox, and Typekit. And don't you worry - we cannot forget the new shiny browser: Google Chrome.
Social media was made for sharing, but what happened next changed the game.
Messaging will always be a critical element of marketing, but when Pinterest was introduced in 2010, the platform's visual aspect changed how we all use social media. As more social media platforms become increasingly popular, websites also become more robust. From web fonts to bootstrap evolutions to Responsive web design - online experiences are finally made for all devices. Flat design has become popular, and we have started seeing React's beginning.
It's finally the year to break the mold of traditional web design. Also, AR gains massive momentum as more resources get poured into the technology.
A lot of crucial design movements happened in 2014. We saw the birth of material design, HTML design 5, flat Design 2.0, and more minimalism. On the user experience side, interactive elements, scrolling experiments, and advanced animations became a thing. Many designers were breaking the traditional mold and experimenting with micro-interactions, split screens, duotones, dynamic storytelling, and bigger and bolder typography.
From online apps and plugins to a surge in tech integrations, digital became increasingly exciting as brands found new ways to attract and retain customers.
As advancements occurred in website development, design became even more strategic. By leaning into component-based design systems, brands could keep up with digital agility and create at a faster pace while keeping the design integrity high. In the design world, we also saw retro throwbacks, more layering, and even the serif had a comeback.
The DTC world has undoubtedly changed the way we do business today. With access to commerce and knowledge at our fingertips, companies are searching for what's next.
With mobile rising, online advertising hitting record numbers, and cyber-deals dominating the landscape, its only natural technology must keep up with growing consumer trends. So while brands focus on storytelling and conversions, we see a huge need for lightweight websites that keep up with consumer expectations, which is why we as a company have doubled down on React & Next Js.