The Internet has been around for a while now, but we still haven’t gotten used to how bad it used to look.
In one corner of the world wide web is the Internet Archive project, home to the Wayback Machine. This database uses technology we don’t understand to find copies of websites from the past. We voyaged as far back as 1996 and found some pretty disastrous examples of early web design.
Though you can search literally any website, we could hardly venture out of Vancouver before time escaped us. Check out some of these vintage websites of note.
Got to love the pixelly clip-art in the lower left-hand corner.
That use of “default blue” is on fleek. And if you have any questions, you can check out the “email post office”!
Whatever happened to the “Campus Cam”?
A highway from Victoria to Vancouver? This website had ambitious clip-art!
Sorry, Mr. Dosanjh, the internet people hadn’t figured out how to maintain aspect ratio yet.
Wait… our country used to be named “Contents”?
So what time does my flight get in?
“We wanted the site to illustrate the vast blue oceans that surround our city” – anonymous webmaster
We’ve seen enough. We don’t need your “text version”, thank you very much.
Click on any of these Word Art objects to be taken to a legendary place.
Let’s hope the section on “Y2K Readiness” isn’t what we think it was for…
Hey look! Lions Gate Bridge construction was still going on 15 years ago (the bridge deck was completely rebuilt around that time).
Had developers still not figured out by 2004 how to make a link a colour other than blue?
Who didn’t claim to be this little poster child for the Aquarium while growing up?
Are those lines the beginnings of TELUS’ fibre optic cables?
Black and beige – that’s a colour-scheme that sells.
We know you’re a newspaper but… that’s a lot of text.
We apologize for whoever had to win that Blackberry Playbook.
We’ve only heard good things about the Oxy-Clean ball. Thanks Twitter!
Was Thomas Middleditch the Facebook guy?!