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- ---- So what is "so '90s" in Web design?
burkel - 9:14 pm on Mar 15, 2004 (gmt 0)
All excellent responses!
Seems like you can break all these down into a few categories like...
Cheesy/small/(hopefully early '90s) sites
Under construction road signs with the animated workmen
a photo of the site owner
a photo of the site owner's wife, children, friends, dog, cat, house, boat, or bicycle
clipart on every page
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This site named Joe's Site of the X
Inverted-L shaped frames
cheap midi music
anything that flashes
Those who have the technology and think they might as well use it - badly huge Flash animations that blink "Loading"
rotating 3D text
flash intros with lots of thin lines moving all over the place
annoying animated banners
Just bad design the swoosh logo and its variants
graphical effect with nested table borders
800px wide pages that display on the left side of the screen in higher resolutions
text that expands to full width making the lines too long and difficult to read
the dreamweaver netscape 4 resize layer function
tiny text in tight pixel pushed fixed width layouts
gratuitous use of iframes
gratuitous use of IE scrollbar css
Anything with a gradient
sites that made their name selling one product and have expanded into others - badly. Who wants to buy underwear at a bookshop?
Choster: I loved the swoosh logo links - now I am seeing them everywhere (okay, I resisted using a smiley here this time).
Seems like it's tough to say "less is more" as in less annoying flashy stuff = more professional appearance, without appearing to be trying to do less through lack of knowledge.
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