The world’s first website
In addition to the world of SEO, social media and all other forms of digital marketing, the principles of ‘sound’ web design are always evolving. Today’s website design trends, for example, are very different from the design trends of 2000, or of 1995, or of 1990, and so it goes.
Once upon a time when people still used 56kb dial up modems (does anyone remember them?), websites with animated GIFs and stat counters were the craze, then flash animated websites were in demand, and now, larger fonts, clear call-to-actions and well strategised contact forms are the way to go.
The design team here at Studio Culture always enjoy looking back in time as we do envisioning the future, so it was interesting for us to dig into the past and find the design evolutions of some of the most influential brands and websites in the world (we also have a surprise for you at the end of this blog post, so make sure to scroll through).
Facebook’s web design evolution
Images from itportal
Introducing ‘The Facebook’ design – 2004:
Facebook’s design – 2006
Facebook’s design – 2012
Facebook’s design: 2015
Google’s web design evolution:
Images from Gizmodo
Google’s design: 1996
The initial concept of Google was dubbed ‘BackRub’. As you can see from the logo, it may have been quite understandable for the founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to rebrand their search engine concept.
Google’s design: 1997
Google’s design: 1999
Google’s design: 2013
Google’s design: 2015
Apple’s web design evolution:
Apple’s design: 1997
Apple’s design: 1998
Apple’s design: 2002
Apple’s design: 2014
Apple’s design: 2015
Bonus 1: Studio Culture’s web design in 2011
Bonus 2: are all website designs evolving?
Apparently not. Check out the design of Quirky Cottages to see what we mean. Where do YOU think web design trends are heading to next? Let us know in the comments below.
Fil is Studio Culture’s Design and Development Director.