11 Shocking Designs Straight Out of the ‘90s
That nifty spotlight effect on the right-hand side of the page was a big deal back in the day, so we have to give this site props for that. However, a redesign once in the last 20 years probably wouldn’t have hurt.
Forbes’ website from 1996 still conveys the sense of business-oriented professionalism the brand is known for today, just with a little less attention to fonts and more attention to print media, which was still hugely popular then. The real kicker is the text in the side bar that says “One day, everything Bill Gates has sold will become obsolete.”
Where to start with this site? It appears that if you need a drone, ATV or laser show device, you can find them all here. It’s almost like whoever made this site sneezed into a digital Pandora’s Box of random pieces of machinery and behold, an e-commerce explosion formed.
Who needs Google when you can, uh, find it? This super sweet search engine emerged on the scene in 1995. It’s still alive today, although definitely not one of the more popular search engines in use.
A sister site to IFINDIT, go to this page if you definitely want to have a seizure.
6. Cleveland Brothers
Like many construction websites back in the day, this one leaves something to be desired. However, you have to hand it to them for getting the image switcher down, and for keeping that trend alive on their current website (and in HD nonetheless).
7. Travel Assist
This website is likely the grandfather of all digital travel magazines. But let’s face it; could the designer put any less effort into the creation of this page? Imagine if that was our job? “Hey, yeah, just throw some text and one picture up.” I wonder how much designers got paid back in the day.
If you stumbled upon Playboy’s homepage from the 90’s, you’d probably have no idea what the brand specialized in (astronomy maybe?). While their current homepage is a bit more risqué, you at least know what the deal is as soon as you find the site.
Ah, the Technical Advisors Company didn’t really think their plan through. They did embrace their name, though, and show a pretty swift sense of humor. Check out the copy: “We do not sell tacos. We do not make tacos. In fact some of us do not even like them very much.” And you can’t forget those deliciously enticing taco icons on the left-hand side.
10. The Klingon Language Institute
Of course the Star Trek fanatics of the ‘80s and ‘90s would be the some of the first people to figure out how to populate the Web. Looks like this site has lived long and prospered. It even gets steady traffic to this day.
Another classic. This relic even links to “The Famous Yahoo Server.”
If you’ve got time to kill, you can use this tool to access a ton of preserved websites. You never know what hidden gems you’re going to unearth from the past.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by wWeb Designer Depot.Kayla Matthews at