The designers and technologies that shaped the web

Happy World Internaut day! 25 years ago today, the web went live at the hands of Tim Berners-Lee, and it's come a long way since August 23, 1991. A mere nine years later the dot-com bubble burst and $5trillion in shares disappeared almost overnight.

Yet the dot-com crash didn't suppress the work of designers and developers in the way it crippled corporate institutions. While start-ups were calling in liquidators and financial backers were counting their vast losses, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) persisted in ratifying web standards, and forward-thinking designers continued to push new ideas into the digital realm. In many ways, 2000 can be seen as the year dot for visually rich web design.

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Tom Dennis

Tom Dennis is a journalist, editor and content director with more than a decade’s experience working on international magazines, newspapers, and websites. While Tom is an expert on all things tech, having previously edited sister Future sites T3 and Computer Arts and picked up a PPA award for being a 'Digital Native', he still has a soft spot for the printed word. Tom has since moved into digital content marketing.