Web Design: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

For those of you not already in the know – You Say Social now designs websites! You can take a look at our new portfolio here. To celebrate the good news, we’ve taken a look back at evolution of web design over the last 20 years … And selected some of our favourites, from the innovative to the chic to the downright bizarre!


“Ultra-Modern Design”

And the Winner Is … Etch Apps

App design company Etch have based their homepage on the tiled design of many mobile apps. It’s now necessary for websites to look great and perform on both web browsers and mobile devices – we think Etch have achieved the perfect balance here. The patchwork of tiles is visually appealing, easily navigable and offers snappy bursts of information.

“Don’t Try This At Home”

And the Winner Is … Alquimia WRG

With a new wave of modern coding languages like CSS5 and HTML5, it’s possible to layer background images that scroll at different rates. This is called ‘parallax’ scrolling … Not to be attempted by the amateur web designer! We love the minimal design of Alquimia’s home page paired with the 3D-effect space background.

“Oldschool Cool”

And the Winner Is … Space Jam

Good to know that astronomical backdrops were as popular in 1996 as they are today! Ah, how times change. However, this website by Warner Bros is perfectly preserved and still fully functional. The colouring book pages are highly recommended.

“I’ve Made a Huge Mistake”

And the Winner Is … Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse

Keep scrolling. Just keep on scrolling.
(Fun fact: this is caused by an unclosed <h3> tag that makes each line of text progressively larger. #codingknowledge)

“Retina-Burning Levels of Chaos”

And the Winner Is … Ling's Cars

The less said about this one the better.

Hope you enjoyed our tour of the web’s hotspots. Head on over to our websites page to take a look at our portfolio – we prefer the more simplistic approach!