History of Web Design

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Since I am a curious student I went online to research the history of web design and how it evolved to what it is today. This guy on blog.froont.com says it perfectly, “I realized how much trickery had to be done to make [coding] happen.” It all started with “the dark ages of web design” in 1989, where screens were just black with a few monochrome pixels and design was made by symbols and tab keys. The true beginning, according to the author, is when tables were made in 1995. He explains that although the primary use of tables was for structuring numbers, it was “still the common method to design the web for quite some time.” Next was JavaScript in 1995, which allowed for pop-ups and provided a look into HTML through a different scope. Flash was invented in 1996, something that allowed designers to design shapes, layouts, animations, interactions and a variety of fonts. However, this isn’t something that is widely as used today as it was back then. CSS was first used in 1998, made to separate content from the presentation. However, “it took a few years before browsers started to fully support it.” Then, the next age of web design was Mobil Uprising in 2007, the grids and frameworks. Column-grids began, forms, navigation, buttons, all of it was used more and more. This is where Bootstrap and Foundation began their journey. In 2010, responsive web design began and is still obviously relevant today. Basically, it was an idea to have the same content in different layouts for the design for different desktops, phones, tablets etc. The author explains that Web Design has a bright future and talks about the possibilities of making coding easier and innovative.


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