What 11 Charlotte media websites looked like when the internet was young
This week marked a redesign of the Charlotte Observer print and digital. I don’t know how many times the Observer has redesigned it’s website and print, but in the internet age, if you’re not changing, you’re dying. Overall, it looks good.
It got me wondering what local media websites looked like when the internet as we know it was young—late 1990s and early 2000s. This was a time before Google, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and responsive design. A time when Flash was actually cool.
I hit up the Wayback Machine to get snippets of these Charlotte media website designs. Some are halfway decent and some are devoid of content. Most, however, are too busy with too much information packed into one page. It was a UX specialist’s nightmare.
Still, it’s fun to reminisce about a simpler time. Take a look for yourself.
Charlotte Observer 1998
Charlotte Business Journal 2001
Charlotte Post 2001
Creative Loafing 2000
Gaston Gazette 2001
Cover Photo by raneko via Flickr
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