Web Design Museum

About Web Design Museum

The first website in the world was launched on the 6th August 1991. The creator of the site was Tim Berners-Lee, British physicist working for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The website was located at the following link. However, the original of the first website has not survived until these days and on the link you can find only a copy of the site from 1992.

In the following years, the number of websites grew up very quickly and by the end of 1996 there were more than 250 000 websites on the internet. Some of the projects dating back to the early days of the internet would include, for instance, Yahoo (1994) or Amazon (1995). From the period prior to 1996 only a small fraction of websites remained known until today because at that time there was no institution or service that would provide for systematic archiving of the sites.

The turning point came only in 1996 when the largest non-profit digital library Internet Archive was founded. It was aimed, among other things, at archiving the contents and visual look of websites using the service Wayback Machine.

At present, Internet Archive keeps the visual form of over 286 billion websites, the oldest of which date back to 1996. This service is undoubtedly a great aid to anyone who would like to look at the internet past. Unfortunately, it does not enable to follow past trends in web design or to go through websites originating only in a certain period. The thing is that Internet Archive is not a museum with carefully sorted exhibits that would give visitors a comprehensive picture of the web design past with the use of selected examples. It is more like a full archive of the internet.

Our mission

Therefore, Web Design Museum sets the main objective to trace the past web design trends, and to give general public the full picture of the web design past with the use of selected exhibits. At the same time, it seeks to use selected websites to outline the development of websites from the most distant past until present.

We would like to thank all web designers whose works we are honoured to exhibit in Web Design Museum. Without you, the internet would not be what it is today.

“Discover forgotten trends in web design and use them
as an inspiration for your current work.”

Web Design Exhibition

The museum exhibits screenshots of unique-design websites that were created between 1996 and 2005.

Timeline of Web Design Evolution

Have a look at how websites changed over the past 20+ years.

Submit websites

Please upload screenshots of old websites through the submit form.

Team

Petr Kovář - founder of the Web Design Museum

Petr Kovář

Founder / CEO / UX designer

He is the founder of the Web Design Museum project and a historian as its initial profession. At present, he works as UX designer and a freelance consultant. He started using the internet back in 1996 and has been fascinated by it ever since.

Ondřej Letocha

Ondřej Letocha

Back-End Developer

The chief programmer of the project without whose dedicated work and excellent programming skills Web Design Museum would never become the reality.

Support us

Would you like to support Web Design Museum? We welcome any form of assistance. Our main aim is to maintain the creative legacy of web designers from the turn of the century for future generations, since in 2030 internet users will hardly know what the unique design of websites was in 2003.

FAQ

  • Web Design Museum exhibits over 800 carefully selected and sorted websites that show web design trends between the years 1996 and 2005.
  • If you have interesting websites on your PC, dating back to the period between 1995 and 2005, we kindly ask you to send us their screenshots in full resolution to info@webdesignmuseum.org.
  • Screenshots of websites come either from the private archive of Petr Kovář or they have been obtained through the Internet Archive service.