A Trip Through The Development In Web-Based Design

The World Wide Web was invented around three decades ago, by Tim Berners Lee to make it easier for people to exchange information all over the world. Over the next few decades it has undergone significant changes in both its design and function and also its more extensive function in our modern society.

As the style of architecture of a structure reflects the society that it is a part of as well, the evolution of web design reflect the changing trends, attitudes and the latest technologies.

The styles of web design have evolved at a rapid pace compared to their mortar and bricks counterparts. The initial website comprised only text with hyperlinks that explained the basics of web design and how it could be used as well as basic set-up guidelines. From the beginning to today web design, it has been many a long and difficult trip.

The Beginning

In the early 1990s we were ecstatic about the first language for publishing on the Web: Hypertext Markup Language also known as HTML.

However, the language that was that was used to share only text pages using a simple browser was not a good fit. A lot of early websites were simple, with horizontally organized, text-heavy pages that had no images. Users quickly adapted to scrolling vertically and a striking blue hypertext underlined in blue to navigate across the Web space.


In the mid-to the late 1990s, designers were active in design of websites. Along was the Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allowed web designers to include images and graphics in websites.

When the Web began to gain attention in terms of sharing information the designers spotted the potential to use tables to arrange graphics and text.

Prior to the introduction tables as a structure for web pages there were only a very few design elements in websites in addition, there wasn’t a way of replicating the layouts of printed documents.

However, while tables let designers to arrange graphics and text easily, the code to create tables was more complicated than the methods used later.

Flashy Design

In the latter part of 1990 an entirely new technology came onto the market: Flash.

Flash was a platform for software that let designers integrate music, video and animation on websites, creating an immersive audio-visual experience. Flash also provided designers with more freedom to create websites that were interactive. This was definitely the era of an innovative and technological advancement on the web. Interactive menus as well as splash pages, beautiful animations, and stunningly created bubble buttons were the mainstay of the trend of web design to amaze users.

The idea of the Web was not yet fully understood by most people and these visually appealing designs served two purposes. They weren’t only vibrant and captivating however, they also introduced new technology to users who were not familiar with it: “Look at me” and they shouted”. “I appear to be an actual button. I’m your button!”

However, Flash’s popularity Flash was not long-lasting. It demanded that users have the most recent Flash plug-in installed on their PCs making it difficult to use and accessibility of websites.

Everyone Is A Web Developer

While Flash did not live up to expectations, it revolutionized how websites are built and utilized.

People have become sophisticated when browsing the Web and design elements did not have to impart information in a manner visually articulating the function for example, hyperlinks with blue underlined.

Then came social media and required even more flexibility. That led to creation of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

CSS were utilized to specify specific styles – like larger size fonts for the subheadings across one website without the need to code each element separately. The principle for CSS was to differentiate the information (HTML) for websites, and their appearance (CSS).

Web design templates started to appear, allowing ordinary people to build as well as publish websites. However, this came in the absence of usable easily accessible and visually appealing design.

Flat Design

Now fast forward to the year 2010 and an innovative web design technique known as “responsive web design” was developed by Ethan Marcotte. This was a new way to use HTML in conjunction with CSS.

The principle behind the concept of responsive style was the idea that one web page could adapt and respond to various display settings which makes it possible to use the site on various devices. Users would get the identical experience on mobile devices like on a desktop computer This means that they will be more efficient in the development of websites and their maintenance.

This resulted in a new style of web design flat design. The trend was based on an efficient and appealing minimalist style that is two-dimensional. It emphasizes practicality over decorative design elements.

The flat style of today continues to be popular. Web design has gone full circle to the very beginning of the Web by prioritising information and communication information. Icons and buttons have taken the backseat and gracefully bowing to content that is at the top of websites. This has also reduced the complexity of design.

In The Future

The background of Web is rather short but it has been through several renaissances within a relatively short time.

In the past, technology was driving advances on the web. However, I believe that we are getting to a point at which web design is no longer confined by technology. In fact, we can do almost everything we wish to do via the Web.

Designing for the future isn’t more concerned with what it is that we are able to accomplish, it’s on what ought to do. That means being mindful of how design affects those who use it and creating websites that provide user satisfaction.

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