Web Design in the 90s

Web Design in the 90s

by Amanda Blain

For those who forgot how totally ugly the internet use to be.. please take a look at these official movie websites left online for some ridiculous reason… You seriously need to take a few seconds to check these out… Cringe

Battlefield Earth – http://battlefieldearth.warnerbros.com/00_site.html
I forgive you for making me troubleshoot IE CSS… I really do.
#webdesign #90s #fail

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Sergio Corrales
Sergio Corrales
10 years ago

oh–dear–god

Gerald Kaszuba
Gerald Kaszuba
10 years ago

These are excellent! Great inspiration for your own design work.

Craig Luecke
Craig Luecke
10 years ago

OMG!

Rob Gough
Rob Gough
10 years ago

Gross.

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
10 years ago

Wild west with the 'click through' to the main site.. is a personal fav… but that green star background on spacejam! WOO FRAMES I LOVE FRAMES! O_o

Kostas Stergiannis
Kostas Stergiannis
10 years ago

Oh god, why?! My eyes!

Tony Samuels
Tony Samuels
10 years ago

The web was in it's infancy and this was actually state of the art coding – LOL

Jeff Pettorino
Jeff Pettorino
10 years ago

What has been seen, cannot be unseen.

Conor Klecker
Conor Klecker
10 years ago

How small the resolution used to be!

Jeff Pettorino
Jeff Pettorino
10 years ago

The Lost World is already gone.

Kevin Mullett
Kevin Mullett
10 years ago

Oh why have you thrust these evil, vile, unspeakable travesties upon us? I was just beginning to be able to sleep at night again.

For more nightmares pull up the http://www.archive.org/. (don't do it)

Lynette Young
Lynette Young
10 years ago

Old gaudy websites is my hobby. I love to look at them…. and listen to the melodic midi music…..

PS – Let's bring back Microsoft Frontpage DAMMIT!

Chris Shuler
Chris Shuler
10 years ago

If I remember right from my HTML class from way back when…the idea was to make the page as simple as possible so it could load on anything. Remember back then we had the 486 processor floating around still. It does make you appreciate web pages so much more now tho.

Conor Klecker
Conor Klecker
10 years ago

The resolution! I get six and two halves baseball diamonds on the Major League site full screened!

Sherman Smith
Sherman Smith
10 years ago

+Amanda Blain I miss the Hamster Dance web page that would eventually crash your browser. I was fortunate enough to get involved in the pre-Internet BBS systems in 1984 via 125 baud modem, and got to see how thing grew up. It was pretty ugly for a long time.

Justin Ormont
Justin Ormont
10 years ago

Man, I was making way better sites than those back then.

Amanda Blain
Amanda Blain
10 years ago

I fixed some of the links.. sorry about that.. all better.. 🙂

Jamey Harvey
Jamey Harvey
10 years ago

Using an ingenious invention called "Quicktime", we have managed to present for you a wonderful assortment of moving picture clips! Select below.

Annette Holland
Annette Holland
10 years ago

I wonder if there are any other studios that have old movie sites up. And you gotta admit – games for kids on Space Jam was pretty innovative.

Sang Lam
Sang Lam
10 years ago

Website best viewed with Internet Explorer or Netscape eyes gouged out!

Arleen Boyd
Arleen Boyd
10 years ago

LOL!!! I agree with +Sherman Smith I too miss the Hamster Dance! I did my first web page with Frontpage and Publisher… it looked like a comic book.

Annette Holland
Annette Holland
10 years ago

+Jamey Harvey well, WWW was about #steampunk.

Brendan Farrell
Brendan Farrell
10 years ago

Too funny, this is like the internet being spotlighted in "awkward family photos"

Dharamjit Rihal
Dharamjit Rihal
10 years ago

Ah! My eyes!

Alex Jimenez
Alex Jimenez
10 years ago

I want the dancing bears back….NOT!

Dano Hart
Dano Hart
10 years ago

ihatetables.com Sooooo much. But we need an internet Retro day….make ours sites look like this for one day

Daryl Fritz
Daryl Fritz
10 years ago

I hereby submit the Battlefield Earth movie site as evidence as to why Flash needs to go.

Seth Moon
Seth Moon
10 years ago

Warner Bros never fails to disappoint

Roberto Inetti
Roberto Inetti
10 years ago

haha, this is great. I remember when websites loved to use the <marquee> tag. Thanks +Amanda Blain

Lee Clarke
Lee Clarke
10 years ago

Oh I would love to find some with blinking text and scrolling marques..

Matthew Graybosch
Matthew Graybosch
10 years ago

I remember how ugly the WWW used to be, thanks to +Tom Anderson. MySpace wasn't that long ago. 🙂

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas
10 years ago

you would be surprised how many people still love blinky text lol

Matthew Graybosch
Matthew Graybosch
10 years ago

+Karen Thomas, you'd be surprised at just how cynical about people and their taste (or lack thereof) I am. I do this shit for a living, though I work for different clients than +Amanda Blain. 🙂

Dean Reimer
Dean Reimer
10 years ago

Oh come on, who here doesn't miss web pages designed and built in MS Word?

Alex Jimenez
Alex Jimenez
10 years ago

+Dean Reimer you mean they don't still do that? /delete word

Brian McDonald
Brian McDonald
10 years ago

Ugly? You mean awesome! Bring back scrolling marquees and under construction graphics :p

Andreas Stassivik
Andreas Stassivik
10 years ago

Funny story. I just installed FrontPage 2003 last night. Thanks to Microsoft, the world was much different back then.

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas
10 years ago

I did it for a living as well internally at a financial institution. It was ridiculous how cartoonish some business partners wanted to make their websites that would be customer facing. If I had a nickel for every time I said, 'I really don't think your financial customers want to see websites with blinky text and scrolly banners'

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas
10 years ago

warm up the time machine 🙂

Michael Knight
Michael Knight
10 years ago

90's designs are coming back, HTML 5 style. Just kidding. But it is fun to still see loads of sites that were designed in the 90's from the likes of GeoCities (Now Yahoo) that are still active. Especially if your a Sci-Fi fan.

My first ever page was on a BBS then real HTML came out to the masses and I designed 1 long page with everything on it, no menu's just a single page and I was proud of it. Looked great on Internet Explorer 1.

Back to present day though, people new to design still make pages like 90's sites. Thank god that Microsoft, and I hate to say it, got rid of Frontpage. Actually, I don't hate to say it. It was crap.

Christopher Calvert
Christopher Calvert
10 years ago

<wax type=nostalgic>I used to teach a basic HTML course in the 90s so I feel at least somewhat responsible for upping the ugly level of the interwebs</wax>

Alex Bruce
Alex Bruce
10 years ago

forgot your quotes lol. xD

Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas
10 years ago

LOL +Tristan Johnson I guess we have to find a DeLorean and a flux capacitor.

Rick Bjarnason
Rick Bjarnason
10 years ago

Ha Ha ! Great find…

Rich Lane
Rich Lane
10 years ago

To be fair, the Battlefield Earth site is superior to the movie or book that spawned it.

Tristan Johnson
Tristan Johnson
10 years ago

I'm having comment and posting problems

Steve Tose
Steve Tose
10 years ago

+Amanda Blain do you know where I can get a player to watch the Wild Wild West video interviews? Something called "Real Audio Player is required. kidding. At least there weren't any Liquid Audio files.

Jeff Pettorino
Jeff Pettorino
10 years ago

+Arleen Boyd my web pages STILL look like comic books. That's why I'm an infosec wonk. 😉

David Holman
David Holman
10 years ago

God I love these old websites but I promise I can find worse ones with the Way Back Machine!

Anthony Gallo
Anthony Gallo
10 years ago

i like how some of those pages have areas that are still "in development"

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