The 1990s was a decade that saw the invention and growth of the web, dominated by independent websites, as well as nascent silos like Geocities, with a particular aesthetic that would come to define the era like under construction graphics, dancing animals, site counters, ornate backgrounds, and guest books.
Aesthetics from the 1990s, especially on websites, are a popular form of nostalgia that harken back to when the web was much quirkier, weirder, and more diverse, across a plethora of independent sites exploring a new medium without strict rules or expectations.
- Aaron Parecki archived the version of his website that was online from 1999-2003 at http://2003.aaronparecki.com
- Astrid Yu has a funky 90s-style 88x31 banner of her site.
- Kimberly Hirsh has found some sites she developed in the 1990s preserved on the Internet Archive:
- Tantek Çelik started his personal site tantek.com in the 1990s.
- Good blog/news stream design example: https://web.archive.org/web/19970220031619/http://www.mmcorp.com/mmcsite/news/news.html
- Angelfire was established in 1996 and is still running least some of its original services (allowing for updates), while supporting links to user profiles
- 2020-06-18 Max Böck: The Return of the 90s Web
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- icons for a 1990s "silk" vibe: http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/