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Here's how your favourite websites would have looked in the 90s

Perhaps it's something to do with the 18 months we've all had, but it seems nostalgia is the order of the day right now. We've seen all manner of retro comebacks in the tech and design worlds lately – and this might be the most delightful yet.

90s web design will never not be charming, so it was only a matter of time before someone rendered some of today's most popular websites in a vintage (read: pixelated) style. If you're looking for some more contemporary inspiration, check out our favourite website templates.

Retro Twitter web design

Retro Twitter (Image credit: Zyro)

Website builder Zyro has envisioned Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube and more as 90s websites, and the result is a nostalgic treat. Repeating pattern backgrounds? Check. An obscene amount of windows? Check. A ridiculous amount of animated gifs? Oh yes.


Vintage YouTube (Image credit: Zyro)

One of our favourite examples has to be Spotify (below). Complete with psychedelic background, the grungey interface is a far cry from the sleek, clean interfaces of today – and is giving us no shortage of Winamp vibes.


Winamp, is that you? (Image credit: Zyro)

The Zyro team has even imagined each website or app as a 90s-style floppy disk, complete with outrageously realistic artwork. The nostalgia here is too much. Too much! 

Retro website floppy disks

These designs are no flops (Image credit: Zyro)

From this virtual iPod on your iPhone to that iOS 4 recreation, it's clear that the internet is yearning for simpler times right now. And if we're honest, we're not surprised. If you're inspired to create a web design of your own, check out the best web design tools available right now.

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Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an 'iSheep', but he's fine with this. It doesn't bother him at all. Why would it? They're just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.