Rococo websites, our not so distant past

This article was written in 2015. It might or it might not be outdated. And it could be that the layout breaks. If that’s the case please let me know.

In January 2014 Nathan Ford asked the question How Should The Web Look? He thought that the massive amounts of answers that he’d receive would be the start of a new online magazine about the aesthetics on the web, if I remember correctly.

I wrote an answer to that question, and I designed it to look like all the websites we all created in 2007. This was a lot of work. Terrible work. 11px fonts. Headings that look like a bold blurb with a <br> behind it. Lists and lists of completely useless, distracting navigation. Widgets. Frames with rounded corners in frames with rounded corners in frames with rounded corners. I even thought of removing the underline from links like we used to do back then. What the fuck were we thinking?

Anyway, here’s page I created back then, which reminded me of a rococo frame for a painting.