I recently stumbled across 2advanced.com again, and was thrown back to a time of wonder (around 2004 I guess, I wrote a little about it here: https://medium.com/@chopeh/76df95cb98a9). I remember there being more of these websites out there, a pinnacle of their time, what ones can you remember? What did they do for you?
crazy nostalgic right now.
Oh of course. I remember spending a long time wrapping my head around that, and tell others at the agency I worked at about this thing called CSS.
I also remember repeatedly turning off the CSS and being amazed that there was still readable content.
k10k.net starting from 1999. Daily read back in the days. (Can be found on wayback machine but is sadly not very usable due to their heavy use of imagery to build the sites pixely design).
Here are some impressions: → http://www.cubancouncil.com/work/project/kaliber-10000
The older chaps will remember.
+1 for K10K
Also: Newstoday (still existing sort of as qbn.com) Surfstation
This stuff will date us old fogies.
k10k and newstoday...multiple visits daily. still stop by qbn most days to see what's up, but often spend more time here as it's way more related to design than qbn is now.
the useful thread is still active on qbn though, and that's a positive thing...can't believe the number of great things i've found on that.
i was (and still am i suppose) exador from newstoday/qbn...
Dreamless.org. I miss that forum.
Yes, this. Yayhooray was never the same.
I've been in Yayhooray too. Lost interest after 3 months.
z.o.m.g k10k was a huge part of my day. Toke (founder) works at Zendesk now.
Gabocorp ( http://www.thefwa.com/flash10/gabo.html ) did it for me - that full screen interactive stuff, without it running off a CD-ROM, blew my pretty little mind back in 1997...
I love the sounds!
Christ, I remember 2advanced, more so V4. When I was into writing flash it used to blow me away: V4
2advanced studios and yugop.com They were amazing with their flash skills! Brings back memories.
Just a bit after I found out about Photoshop and was doing for some time graphic works for various CS and Quake clans, I joined a growing webdesign community called yaxay, which was defiantly a turn in my design life. Big inspirations back than were Pixelbrick, 2Advanced, Eboy, of course k10k and cubancouncil's stuff. I remember I was pretty much excited when habbohotel went live.. it was pretty massive back at that time... https://www.habbo.com/ later I found out about japanese http://yugop.com/ which was also a great inspiration for the fuzzy flash times, and for some time is part of some projects under tha ltd (digital agency behind fffound, scr.sc, UNIQLO digital campaigns, and many other Japanese brands), one of my favorite digital agencies till today. Also I remember something blurred about great realistic winamp skins trend - 883 design (http://883design.deviantart.com/gallery/ [I was actually using this for years http://883design.deviantart.com/art/Bionica-v2-2289237]) I also remember some great artgroups like breedart, artexgen and depthcore.
I can say that I feel that back than it was more about "free unconditioned art" in oppose to the strains and high rate of adaptability we experience today, which is not considered that bad, because the level of interaction and experience was raised tremendously.
ding ding ding
designgraphik.com linkdup.com prate.com zombo.com kesselskramervintage.com (keep hitting refresh)
http://www.sijun.com/dhabih/ - The site and portfolio of Dhabih Eng, an artist who was later hired by Valve based on his digital Half-Life works (and based on their site, he's still there).
Last updated in January of 2006. But the gorgeous work is still in the portfolio.
I try to direct as many web-based designers here as often as I can:
People (designers) often forget that contemporary design is fundamentally built upon hundreds of years of knowledge.
Likewise, web design, despite being so young, is based on the work of hundreds + thousands of amateurs and other people with no formal design training. It's good to remember that.
I always used to look at Yugo Nakamura's stuff in amazement.
http://yugop.com/ - Last updated 2005.
A timeless site, superbad.com
I took a class from Ben Benjamin, the creator, around 2003-ish at UCSD. It's pretty incredible that site still functions almost exactly as it did back then.
A true testament the durability and power of the hyperlink for attaining interactivity.
Everything is SO tiny now.
I remember this Donnie Darko website from when I was in High School. This inspired me to take web design classes in school, and really most of the art/design pieces I was making as a teen.
I remember 2A. Them along with DeviantART, Wasted Youth and Shadowness (Meng To’s old thing) was what got me excited about web design at the time, mostly due to the aesthetic they all had going.
Mine is TokioPlastic
The Zuper series blew my mind in the 90's. And no, no Flash or other plugins were involved!
They are still online but I think they are all broken in modern browsers.
Stylegala and when Digg launched.
Also: Coding up my 'free grunge brushes' damask wallpapered designs in Wordpress.
Down now. Really liked their drug selling game. (Sounds weird. I know.)
I did! It was an awesome learning resource
chaos gfx forums
Andy's art attack, circa 1997
1999 (Ice Age)
Subway, sadly offline.
and Simian Series (IKDA) / (offline too).
I'd say this one is along the same lines. Funny thing is, this one isn't that old in comparison, think it's 2011.