Yesterday, my co-founder and I put together the “Museum of Websites” to showcase the evolution of popular websites. Since we’re both front-end design lovers, it was fun to put the project together and inspiring to see the humble beginnings of today’s tech giants. In this post, I’ll share three learnings from browsing the historical design trends of the web’s most popular landing pages.
One: More media and bigger images
Two: Banner ads
Three: Logos change
Generally, I think of logos as static, an unchanging stalwart that grounds the website in a brand. Actually, most (all?) of the biggest tech companies have changed their logo, and most have changed it several times. See if you recognize the original not-so-iconic logos of Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest.
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