I sometimes forget how long I have been designing web sites. A lot of my very early work was lost when I threw away boxes of floppy disks from the early-to-mid 1990s. But, thanks to the Wayback Machine, I can now look at some of the web design work I did in 1996 and 1997.
Two sites stick out as being worth noting. The first is my design submission for the High Five (remember David Siegel!?) redesign contest, complete with a cheesy logo with Saturn rings. This also proves that the web design industry back in July 1996 was indeed small. Right above my name is the name of Benjamin Trott, who went on to create MovableType and found Six Apart, the leading blogging company in the world.
The second site I was able to find was a weird little site I created for my college friend John Archer, who decided to not pay rent during the school year and instead lived out of a 1972 Winnebago somewhere off-campus. The site was called Dorm-on-Wheels, and received some early “cool site” press, a common honor back in the day. Note that perhaps “The Life” section, a reverse-chronological listing of diary entries was perhaps the first blog I ever created. It pre-dates CamWorld by 10 months.
Update: Here’s another early blog I created in late 1996 to track the news and service updates for the ISP I co-founded in the Fall of 1996.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at October 3, 2004 04:19 PM