Web design history and application

Starts around 1988—2001

Web design history – in terms of history web design is still relativity early – it can be associated with graphic design / interface design in its basic form. Now the Internet plays a huge role in our day-to-day life’s connecting socially and worldwide trading. Websites have evolved from being simple static HTML pages to sophisticated applications.


The start of the Internet and web design can be traced back to Tim Berners Lee at CERN in 89 – he started a project that became known as the World Wide Web – www. This started of as just lines of text being viewed in a browser but in 93 Marc Andreesen and Eric Bina created a new browser called Mosaic which could view image graphics and play sound – this lead to in 94 the setup of w3c – it was setup to lead the world in developing the web to its full potential and pushing boundaries.

1996 – 99

Through out 96 – 99 browser wars began between Netscape and Microsoft Internet explorer. They used tables to create websites as the main structure and using animated gifs and spacers to achieve complex layouts at the time – coming it to its own and what would change the web forever were cascading style sheets, JavaScript and dynamic HTML both pushed by these to browsers and were now a turning point in web history as this table less coding improved accessibility.

Also in 96 Futuresplash was developed which is now called flash. This gave web designers the chance to make more complicated web designs – some creating entire websites in flash or using a mix of HTML and flash design. In some circles flash was frowned upon, as you needed to download plugins into your web browser to activate and view the animation. This being the case some web designers stayed with animated gifs and used flash for multimedia cd applications only as it could be exported to use on Mac and PC and also use partly in PowerPoint templates.


By 2000 the web exploded with the dot com era businesses making millions of pounds on line – websites being used as forums, directory websites, shops, dating, banking and social interaction.


Now in 2015 with the use of HTML 5 and integration of APIs the web is becoming more and more of everyday live including communication via Skype, watching tv programs online, streaming video, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, blogs, YouTube, vlogging, all via mobile phones or tablets, watches making the web a more demanding and complex world but making live easier.