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The History of Web Design: A Timeline

The internet has been around for a long time now. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that it’s almost impossible to imagine living without it. The fact is that the vast majority of us spend most of our day using the internet- whether it be doing some research at the office, streaming Netflix at home or scrolling through social media feeds on the bus.

But as time has gone by and the internet has developed, it’s fair to say that web users have come to expect a certain standard when they click onto a website. With seamless, responsive design now a necessity for every business, any sites that aren’t enjoyable to use will see a significant drop in traffic.

Websites, however, haven’t always been so smooth and easy on the eye, and we thought we’d take a look back at how web design has evolved throughout the past 25 years or so.

1991- After the birth of HTML just a year earlier, it was in 1991 when the legendary Tim Berners-Lee used HTML to create the world’s very first website. In these days, design was implemented through signs and symbol- which is pretty hard to imagine now, eh?

1992- This was when table-based web design was first introduced, as the industry started its journey towards the design we use today. This structure allowed designers to set up their pages vertically, and this was the practise designers used for a significant length of time.

1995/96- It was in the mid-90’s when we were first introduced to the innovative JavaScript and Flash software. By introducing special effects and animation to the world of web design, the internet was able to turn into a much more attractive (and interactive) medium.

1998- CSS was by no means easy to use when it was first implemented towards the end of last century, but it went on to revolutionise the way websites were created. The look and layout of the page was set out in CSS, while the content itself was done in HTML.

2008- Smartphones started to take over the world and more people started accessing the internet via mobile than desktop. What followed was the implementation of column grids, as mobile devices struggled with speed issues and displaying the content in an attractive way.

2010- For the last few years it’s all been about responsive web design, as HTML5 introduced better support for websites across multiple devices, meaning that sites now need to look good across desktop and mobile screens.

The world of web design is only going to get even more exciting in the years to come, and our team at VisionSharp are always on top of the latest design trends! Contact us today to provide your business with the website it deserves…

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