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The Evolution of Web Design

Web design has evolved greatly since the early days. CSS has enhanced our ability to create functional and beautiful websites.

Select a trend below to see my take on the history of web design.

None

No CSS styling at all.

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Back to the days of mainframes.

FrontPage

The 70's of web design. FrontPage websites were wacky, tacky, wild and crazy.

Business

The plain, boring business websites were a backlash from the free-wheeling FrontPage sites.

Flash

Like the Business trend but flashier.

Web 2.0

Shiny buttons! Reflections! Gradients! Rounded corners!

Textures

Lots and lots of textures and drop shadows.

Minimal

Lots of white space. Few graphics.

Dark

Inverted color schemes - dark backgrounds, light text, glow.

Grunge

Dirty -- grimy -- raw.

Check out my blog for a more in depth analysis of each trend.