The history of web design shows an interesting evolution since websites started battling for recognition. A well-designed website captivates a visitor’s engagement, is simple and clear to read, and displays its content in a transparent, coordinated way. Opinions on what achieves this have evolved over the years, as the accessible technology has developed and designers have acquired expertise.
By the mid-nineties, commercial websites began to emerge. The look of a website grew into a more prevalent matter. Web designers began to provide more care to readability and attractiveness, and websites began to make use of animation for serious purposes. Initially, the only choice was animated GIF images. Then Adobe Flash joined the circle, which provided a large array of effects. Websites constructed virtually completely on Flash began to emerge. On the server-side, dynamic pages with PHP and CGI began spreading into frequent use. This caused the design elements to be even less limiting, as website creators had a greater set of instruments to work with.
The history of web design begins all the way back in 1989. See how web design has evolved from then till now with this interesting infographic.