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avatar rufee 5th February 2018, 12:57 PM

Hey guys, remember the good ol' web designs from the 2000's? Yeah me neither or at least not in the way I would like to anyway.

Flashy gifs and horrible color matching aside what I like about the old way of doing things is that everything was small, font, buttons etc... I don't know if that was a result of low resolution 4:3 CRT's that everyone had those days or what, but it somehow leaves me something to desire in today's web designs where everything is blown out of proportion. I understand that mobile exists today and that sort of requires that everything is big.

TWHL is probably the only website I know and visit that still rocks the old design style, but that will change with v4. It's all fine and dandy I'm not here to cry over that :) times change and you need to as well.

Sooo whats this all about then?! I have a little personal/work project I'm working on that could benefit from the "old style" web design, specifically an admin page where you could fit a lot of information w/o having the need to scroll down as much for more. I've seen people using CRM software that looked like it was made in the 90's, tree menus, 12px font everywhere etc.. And it struck me that you can fit a lot of data on a 1080p resolution screen. And you can probably see where I am going with this, if not here's a little hint:

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I'm having a hard time finding inspiration for it and hoping some of you could help me? (pretty please :) )

This also serves as a discussion on web design. Now vs then, likes and dislikes.


avatar Stojke says: 5th February 2018, 19:05 PM
I believe you should structure it well so "anyone" can read it. Find inspiration in old Roland, Yamaha, early Windows help documents and files for windows 3.11 , 98/98 , pretty much any company or software that worked with non techy people about techy stuff.
avatar Bruce says: 10th February 2018, 19:38 PM
Im not in the mood to reread all but first sentence sums it up well. Remember? Me neither. I wanted to make websites, perhaps even for a living but i just hardly visited any. I do hate the scrolling hype nowadays tho
avatar rufee says: 11th February 2018, 08:32 AM
Well to make my point, there were amazing designs just a few and far between. Those that were good were not restricted to having a mobile version and could go crazy with pixel thick attributes and so on.

Kind of hard to find something nice today. Don't get me wrong, today's web is cleaner than it ever was.
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