A History of Web Design

Trends and Developments in the Industry

Web design is part of any online marketing or SEO digital campaign. From high-end graphics to user-friendly templates, web design is the process of creating captivating and compelling websites. Similarly, web designers understand all the latest industry trends and developments, while optimizing web pages for social media and mobile friendliness. This allows your sites to attract and engage visitors while securing higher rankings and visibility across Google and other leading search engines.

Web Design Essentials

Web design is not just relegated to aesthetically-pleasing visuals and designs. In fact, web design incorporated many different skills and discipline in the production and maintenance of sites. This includes HTML coding for site and page functionality, along with interface design and especially search engine optimization. The latter includes an element on Google that helps promote your websites across the Web, as well as the industries and sectors they will serve. Here are some core facets of intertwining SEO with web design and development:

  • Web pages that are optimized for SEO and mobile readiness; responsive web design automatically reshuffles content when accessed by wireless, mobile and digital devices.
  • Streamlined and centralized content that is easy to scan and digest. Long gone are the days of lengthy content that would take forever to load and lead to higher bounce rates.
  • Simplistic yet trendy and optimized design with social media links, mobile optimization, and high-end visuals that attract visitors to increase traffic and convert leads into profit and revenue.
  • Websites that have user-friendly features, along with inbound and outbound links that connect visitors to the products and services they seek.

The Origins of Web Design

A history of web design is something a lot of webmasters and web developers discuss on a regular basis. According to industry monitor, the origins of web design date back to 1989. Tim Berners-Lee – while working at CERN – proposed to create a global hypertext project. This became known as the World Wide Web, which grew during 1991-1993 with initially text-only pages. These were viewed via simple line mode browsers. In 1993, one of the first search engines was created called Mosaic browser – designed by Eric Bina and Marc Andreessen. Most of the browsers and search engines at the time were Unix-based and text heavy.
The Mosaic browser also had the capabilities of incorporating graphic elements and sounds. This broke the domination of text-only pages, and now users would be able to design their pages with images, sound and other elements. This was done via programming languages like Javascript and the earliest forms of hypertext markup language (HTML).

Creating Websites for Browsers

Web design history is also intertwined with web browsers. For example, Netscape 1.1 included tags for changing background colours and formatting text with tables for pages. Microsoft and Netscape also battled for browser supremacy during the web design boom in the 90s. New web design technologies also rose at the time: Dynamic HTML, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and other languages that are still in use today.

This is just part one of four in our history of Website Design, our next article will be available in December. should you require any help with your Web design don’t hesitate to get in touch.