Since some of you are not me (I have reason to believe a large majority of you may be people other than myself), you may not find this post as interesting as I have. However, if you know me you may enjoy laughing at me and some of the following is a little embarrassing.
After Peter from Reinvented.net pointed out The Wayback Machine web archive, I have been browsing the web of 1997, 1998, and 1999 – particularly sites with which I was involved – and loving it.
Mostly as a gift for my future-self, I spent this Sunday afternoon digging through old CD backups and The Wayback Machine for some of my old site designs. The quality is all over the map and much of it is hilarious (to me, at least).
The result: Steven Garrity’s Web Design Hall of Shame.
A particularly noteable of piece from the colletion is The Leaping Website which proves what I have been trying to prove for years: 1. That we invented Extreme Walking. 2. That Extreme Walking is not called Extreme Walking but is actually called Leaping. There are funny pictures too.
I used the site as an experiment in standards compliance as well. It is my first site to adhere completely to the XHTML 4.01 Transisional standards (which means it doesn’t work in Netscape 4.x).
And while we’re dragging skeletons from the Wayback Machine, I think you should all see Matt’s first website (read the reader letters – they are real and they are amazing).