The History of Web Design: All You Need to Know

Web design is as a result of the emergence of the internet. Since it’s birth web design has changed how the internet works. For instance, a well-designed site is appealing to the readers, and has an user interface everyone loves.

Here is look at a brief history of web design.

Where it all began 1989

The first years of Web design can be described as the dark ages. This is because the screens were black and only a few monochrome pixels were visible. For instance, the Tab Key was used for the design of both symbols and tabulation.

However, in 1990s things started to change and web designers began paying more attention to the layout.  At first, the web pages that were available were only for use by researchers. They contained only meaningful content and links.

World Wide Web was introduced on December 25, 1991.

Internet pioneer Tim Berners Lee created the first WorldWideWeb (www). It was also dubbed WYSIWYG( What You See Is What You Get). However, the later was renamed Nexus because it was a bit different from WWW.  Since then, the world wide web has changed. And websites today don’t cost much too if you play your cards right.

The Birth of Browsers 1995

The first step into web design was browsers. There was a need for browsers which could display images. The most common way to create images at that time was through tables. It might not seem right, but it was an ingenious way of creating images.

For instance, a designer could make a fancy design by aligning the tables. Although they were a bit fragile, it was a cool thing for most web designers.

JavaScript 1.0 became the game changer for a lot of web designers. The first JavaScript was created by Brendan Eich which became widely used for creating interactive websites.

Flash 1996

Flash was the tool which was needed to provide a solution to the existing web design challenges. Web designers could use flash to design any layout, shape, animation, use any font and interaction all in one tool. It can be described as the golden era because it provided everything that designers needed.

However, when Apple abandoned Flash in 2007, it was the end of the web design tool.

Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) 1998

CSS was born to create a boundary between content and presentation. It became a necessity until today for any web designer to learn CSS.

The Mobile Web.

The first iPhone was released in 2007, and it revolutionized everything. The best part about the smartphone was that it would not be using Flash. It was possible to create all kinds of layouts using HTML. There were different layouts for various devices.

Web Design from 2010 to the Present.

Mobile phones access more than half of the pages of the world. In 2010 a lot of people could find themselves in web pages, but the development of HTML5 and CSS3 changed everything.

Today, a lot of sites run on JavaScript and Browsers. Therefore even you can access pages and save them offline on both your phone and computers.