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Design Industry Web History

Well, that turned out differently

It could be straightforward nostalgia, but I’m far more interested in design and internet history than any trending topics out there right now. Maybe it’s the greater propensity for dark humor. Projects like the Internet History Podcast are validating, but not as fascinating as running into something that seems frozen in time.

I don’t remember how I found the Speak Up archives, but apparently, it was a very popular website among graphic designers in the early aughts. That was high school for me, when I was getting into the web community and had no knowledge of the design industry at the time, or what it thought about the web. They did not mix well, as reading through the comments in those archives suggest. It is almost as though the design community was waiting for the web to blow over. That it now basically depends on the web to pay the rent these days is one of bigger ironies I’ve seen…

For a fascinating and entertaining trip back in time, check them out. And make sure you zoom in on that 6pt type.