In the beginning...
1994. Tim Berners Lee invents the WWW
Use of tables
Mid 90’s. Development of the Graphic User Interface (GUI). Allows use of Multimedia.
Late 90’s. Flash allows to build interactive websites. Popular but had many security issues.
Everybody is a Web Designer
2000’s. Web design templates began to surface, allowing everyday people to create and publish their own websites at the expense of usable, accessible and aesthetically pleasing design.
2010’s. Responsive design is introduced.
People would have the same experience on their mobile device as on their desktop computer.
The flat design trend embraced an efficient and visually pleasing minimalist two-dimensional style.
Content Management Systems (CMS) become popular.
Today, flat design is still going strong. Web design has made a full circle back to the beginning of the Web, prioritising the content and the communication of information.
Buttons and icons have taken a back seat, gracefully bowing to the content as the forefront of websites, and reduced complexity in design.
New Elements: SEO, Social Media, Branding, Video Content, User Friendly Designs, Apps, Plug-ins, Security, Privacy.
It is all about Engagement and Conversion.