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css-tricks.com

Web History Chapter 5: Publishing

Not long after HotWired launched on the web in 1994, Josh Quittner wrote an article entitled “Way New Journalism” for the publication.

fastcompany.com

The 25 most spectacular branding fails of the last 25 years

From McDonald’s hamburger for adults to ‘The Dead Kid’ Super Bowl ad, these are the biggest ‘what were they thinking?’ moments since 1995.

fastcompany.com

How one tiny accessory popularized the most iconic slogans of the 20th century

Want to know about major American milestones? Look to the lapel.

arun.is

The untold history of macOS System Preferences

System Preferences may not be the most exciting part of the Mac, but it holds some secrets and fun easter eggs.

css-tricks.com

Web History Chapter 4: Search

eBay had had enough of these spiders. They were fending them off by the thousands.

skins.webamp.org

Winamp Skin Museum

Scroll through a collection of over 65k Winamp skins amassed from those found on the Internet Archive.

css-tricks.com

Chapter 3: The Website

The very first website was about the web. That kind of thing is not all that unusual.

voshart.com

Roman Emperor Project

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors.

css-tricks.com

Web History Chapter 2: Browsers

Dennis Ritchie had a problem. He was working on a new, world class operating system.

css-tricks.com

Web History Chapter 1: Birth

Tim Berners-Lee is fascinated with information. It has been his life’s work.

ilovetypography.com

Death of a Typeface

In a top-ten list of all-time best type designers, Robert Granjon (1513–90) would be up there.

design.google

Talk to Me: The Evolution of Emoji

Feature Gifs, memes, and emoji have quickly become a lingua franca. But what do they say about our collective need to be heard?

twitter.com

My Mozilla Design Journey

Alright folks, this thread will travel through 141Gb of design files from 2006-2020.

blog.cloudflare.com

The History of the URL

On the 11th of January 1982 twenty-two computer scientists met to discuss an issue with 'computer mail' (now known as email).

24ways.org

A History of CSS Through Fifteen Years of 24 ways

Rachel Andrew guides us through a tour of the last fifteen years in CSS layout, as manifested in articles here on 24 ways.

arun.is

A Dieter Rams-Designed, Jony Ive-Loved Citrus Juicer

How a nearly 50 year old citrus juicer designed by Dieter Rams inspired Apple's Jony Ive and still works perfectly today.

itsnicethat.com

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois was using infographics to challenge white supremacy

The creation of the charts was a collaborative process with a team of students and alumni from historically black Atlanta University.

webflow.com

History of grids: from the printing press to modern web design

Take a trip down memory lane and (re)discover the history of grids — from ancient Egypt to modern web design.

uxdesign.cc

UX inspiration from history: made in the Soviet Union

History is full of great inventions.

remysharp.com

(Why) Some HTML is "optional"

Chris Coyier blogged recently on weird looking HTML.