Discover IT was 20 years old this past July. We were incorporated on 24th July 1995. In terms of Internet company history, this makes us virtually primordial. At a time that Facebook, eBay, Google didn't exist and Amazon had only just got started.
In 1995, computer displays were relatively primitive . . . 14-inch 640 x 480 displays were commonplace. 20 years later 2,560 x 1,440 high definition displays are becoming common.
Back in 1995, the Internet was accessed from desktops and laptops. In 2015, 40% of Internet access is from smartphones and very soon that will account for over 50% of access. Responsive design, where modern web pages can adapt automatically for small screen display when accessed from a smartphone or small tablet, is fast becoming a mandatory requirement for websites.
The style of design on the Internet has changed for sure. Time is rarely kind on design and, maybe, early website design will one day have some kind of kitsch appeal. But, even today’s cutting edge designs will look passé quite soon as technology and trends move on. However, bizarrely, it’s worth noting that the 640 x 480 optimized pages work well on a smartphone, without the need for any responsive code!