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A Decade Of Web Design In Pictures – 1997 to 2009

By reviewing what’s changed and what’s stood the test of time, we can make general assumptions of web design principles that will work going forward. Things have moved on in terms of interface design and graphics, some websites more than others. Looking at the examples below sites such as Amazon, eBay and Craigslist have changed comparatively little (Craigslist has hardly changed at all), a testimony to their forward thinking at the time, whilst others such as the Whitehouse have come a long way.

Whitehouse 1997 – 2009

whiteoldreal whitenew

Microsoft 1999 – 2009

microsoftold microsoftnew

Digg 2004 – 2009

diggold diggnew (note 2004 CSS styling maybe missing)

CNN 2000 – 2009

cnnold cnnnew

BBC 2000 – 2009

bbcold bbcnew

Facebook 2006 – 2009

facebookold facebooknew

SmashingMagazine 2006 – 2009

smashold smashnew

Ebay 1999 – 2009

ebayold ebaynew

Amazon 1999 – 2009

amazonold amazonnew

Craigslist 1999 – 2009

craigold craignew

Apple 1999 – 2009

appleold applenew

WordPress 2003 – 2009

wordpressold wordpressnew (note 2003 CSS styling maybe missing)

Oakley 2000 – 2009

oakleyold oakleynew

Techcrunch 2005 – 2009

techold (note 2005 CSS styling maybe missing)

Google 1999 – 2009

GoogleNew

Yahoo 1997 – 2009

yahooold yahoonew

Other patterns can be seen, design centric companies such as Apple and Oakley consistently focus on design, whilst news based websites such as CNN and the BBC have only modernized the traditional news & picture format.

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