Important Facets in the History of Web Design

Did you know that the first website ever created, designed and eventually went live came from the inventor of the world wide web? It was entitled “World Wide Web” and it outlined how it works and how it came into being


It’s hard to imagine the Internet without visual graphics. Websites have really evolved as much as designs have. Each and every day, new web designs are being created and they all have one important job to do – capture the audience.

How it All Started

When web designs evolved, so did the people wanting to take part in its growth. Even then web design has relied on content because it was how the concept was born.

The Internet was a very efficient tool in carrying information from one computer to the other which was why the military used it.

In time, the first browser was born. It was called Mosaic and it allowed the public access to valuable content. This was why a website was optimized to bring people more readable content in a friendly format

This was perfected when the Internet was connected to telephone lines and content was viewed via the HTML platform. These sites were first generation sites accessible only when you were online. It had a very linear format, full of text and very limited in terms of color schemes. After all, it was created for communication and not for entertainment.

The Bronze Age of Web Design

When new browsers were introduced, HTML coding language was eventually used to create web sites. They were made to make loading data faster since graphics couldn’t be retrieved because dial-up connections were slow.

Now simple lay-outs were made possible. Linking graphs and text were done. When you have no graphics to manage, design wasn’t yet center of attention.

Second and Third Generation Designs

The Internet was already faster and with it came the new coding languages created to improve the speed of loading graphics. This time, HTML 2 was born to give coders a new opportunity to play with web design a little bit more. This was 1994 and there was so much more room for improvement.

In 1995, HTML 3 was created and this time, all coders had the freedom to perfect styles and templates. This was also the year that Internet Explorer from Microsoft was born. Because of it, designers had the opportunity to use aesthetics and visual graphics to “embellish” their web sites. More colors, images and lay-out were finally introduced.

The Modern Website

The most complicated graphics on websites today owe their existence to the evolution of coding as well. Today’s web designs are more geared towards the achievement of visual property and the functionality at the same time. This is because users become more involved and their needs are always growing. Web design has been catching up to users ever since. It evolves because end users do the same thing. And thankfully, that should also mean the coding language would follow suit.

Our world has indeed fallen head over heels with using the Internet. We’ve relied on it for everything so it really isn’t any wonder why websites have had to struggle for attention from the users. The concept of web design changed how we view (and use) websites and more importantly, given us thousands of jobs that didn’t exist before.