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In 1994 the world wide web entered the first phases of popular consciousness. At this point the web design explosion began. Ten years later, we are standing back to map something of these years of frenetic and inventive interdisciplinary work.
www.designtimeline.org is an 'open research' into the first decade of web design. On this site you can:
- navigate a decade of webdesign guided by it's frequently answered or asked questions
- browse answers and questions by year, searchword or popularity
- add images, comments and links to make a collective history of the web as it developed
- write your own questions and respond to those of others
- compile a questionnaire for your friends, colleagues or students
At the most obvious level, web design is about bringing visual organisation and power to computational and networked processes. It means organising sites by means of graphic elements and structuring devices. But increasingly it means more than this. Digital media designers also work in the area of what used to be walled off as 'technology'. Designing is now as much about formal language, that is to say, code, as much as it is about more subjective, free-form or 'natural' languages.
Designers make and link digital processes which are then taken up by social processes. They do this with a sensibility that is as much in dialogue with technicity as with a visual aesthetic or a model of communication.
At the same time, web design, thought about the structuring and inter-relation of elements is done by anyone who makes a website.
The site is designed for use for anyone involved in web design over the past ten years. By adding questions and/or answers, you decide which stories will be archived and what moments were crucial for its development.
It is also ideal as a simple structured tool which can be used for both research and teaching. If you are a teacher we would like to invite you to consider integrating this site into your curriculum, as a piece of independent research for students, as a set workshop, or as the basis of a sustained project.
Both questions and answers can be added in the language of your choice. Contributions are only moderated in case of spam or when overlaps between questions and/or different translations appear.
The www.designtimeline.org project is part of A decade of webdesign, an international two-day conference taking place on 21 and 22 January 2005 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Find out more about the conference at: www.decadeofwebdesign.org
The site started at the beginning of October 2004 and will continue until July 2005. At this point it will be archived and remain publicly available.
Please - make history!
This site is based on Open History Timeline, a custom made content management system using PERL and MySQL.
www.designtimeline.org is an initiative of Media Design Research, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam in collaboration with The Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam.
This project is financially supported by:
Development and design by: Michael Murtaugh and Femke Snelting
Programming: Michael Murtaugh
Conceptual prototyping: students of the Media Design MA programme at the Piet Zwart Institute (Anna Karolina Andersson, Kim de Groot, Oliver Meskawi, Dirk van Oosterbosch, Alejandra Perez Nunez, Roxana Torre)
If you want to know more about this project, please contact us at: email@example.com