90s Web Design: A Nostalgic Look Back

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A nostalgic look back at 90s web design, and a warning to anyone whose website is an accidental anachronism. Remember the days when every PC was beige, every website had a little Netscape icon on the homepage, Geocities and Tripod hosted just about every single personal homepage, and “Google” was just a funny-sounding word?
The mid-late 1990s were the playful childhood of the worldwide web, a time of great expectations for the future and pretty low standards for the present. Those were the days when doing a web search meant poring through several pages of listings rather than glancing at the first three results–but at least relatively few of those websites were unabashedly profit-driven.

Hallmarks of 1990s Web Design

Of course, when someone says that a website looks like it came from 1996, it’s no compliment. You start to imagine loud background images, and little “email me” mailboxes with letters…

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Your Website Copy Could be Letting You Down!

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A professionally presented business website is a powerful and essential marketing tool: it’s the first thing prospective customers will look at before they decide to contact you. If the copy on your website is not written to an acceptable standard, it may be losing you customers. It’s not enough just to have amazing graphics and imagery: you need the words to make it complete. Is the spelling correct? Are punctuation marks in place? Does the copy make sense? These are questions that website designers should be asking themselves before they upload a new site.

One of the biggest flaws with website copy is inconsistency: for example the word ‘website’. Some sites spell it as one word, some as two words; as far as I am aware both are acceptable, but not both versions on the same site! In my opinion, a lack of consistency will deter a significant amount of…

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Shake the Dust: Woven Bowls by Quazi Design

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Apart from making beautiful jewellery, Quazi Design have a lot more to offer. These beautiful woven bowls combine bright colours and elegant smooth shapes to form the perfect bowl for your home.

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The brand, which is based in Swaziland, takes pride in its African style while also having a strong belief in sustainability and respect for the environment.

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Quazi Design is a member of SWIFT Swaziland fair trade network and has worked closely with other local handcraft businesses. The range of woven bowls uses simple patterns to create a unique look typical for the small African Kingdom while combining it with a modern style.

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“The business was co-founded by Doron, a designer from the UK and Flotsam, the local magazine distributors. Doron became the driving force behind the enterprise and since 2009 has lived and worked in Swaziland building a sustainable business model with a dynamic balance between economic…

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Numismatic artwork: The Hobo Nickel

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I have blogged previously about some of the coins produced during my nation’s history which have struck (haha) me as the most beautiful. Here, in contrast, are some examples of home-grown artwork based on coinage, commonly known as the hobo nickel.

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While not limited to five-cent pieces (the ones above were based on the buffalo nickel, another beautiful piece of numismatic art in its own right), this coin provided a foundation for some of the more striking designs.

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Some Appalachian hobo nickels

The art form endures:

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This stunning piece is the work of Sam Alfano – click through to see other examples of his work.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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