The Many Insults of the Web Developer – Part 4

Sidebar: Showing Off My 90s Design Skillz

I was primarily a programmer, writer, and boss for most of my web development career. In the early days, however, I used to also do web design. I like to think that I did a lifetime worth of great design work between 1996 and 2000, so I retired from designing after that. But, I recently unearthed a stash of screenshots of my design work from back then, and all of my illusions of design greatness have been shattered.

Seen through today’s eyes, the design work I did at the time was truly horrible. But, if you look at it in context, it actually was understandable. Before I show off my gallery of design catastrophes from the late-90s, here’s a quick peek at what the most popular web site in the world looked like in 1997.

 

yahoo1997

 

Ok, got that in your head? Good. Now, let’s look at some of my masterworks.

Motel Magazine: The zine for people who are made mostly of water.

Motel Magazine: The zine for people who are made mostly of water. The robot was animated – its mid-section would expand and contract.

 

MWS 1997

The 2nd version of the Minnick Web Services web site – complete with 3D arrow and truck. Why a truck? I thought the previous design looked too “weak”. Naturally, a truck was the answer.

 

Perhaps the greatest feat in all of web design! I wish I had a larger screenshot of this one.

Perhaps the greatest feat in all of web design! I wish I had a larger screenshot of this one.

 

Believe it or not, this one was really difficult to do.

Believe it or not, this site was really difficult to build.

 

I don't know if you can see it, but we have some really awesome 3D buttons here. I miss 3D buttons.

I don’t know if you can see it, but we have some really awesome 3D buttons here. I miss 3D buttons. That’s why I’m no longer a designer.

 

 

 

 

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