Kev Quirk

A Nod To The 90s Web

05 Nov 2020

I've re-designed this site in a way that nods back to the 90s web. Think Geocities, AOL, scrolling marquees and animated GIFs. The 90s web was a cool place to be, and now I've brought some of it back with this website.

My wife and I recently watched Halt and Catch Fire, which is a 4 season show following a group of technologists as they go headlong into the 90s web and the .com boom. It's a great series, I'd highly recommend it.

Anyway, watching that series (for the second time) made my little heart yearn for the good old days of the Internet during the late 1990s and early 2000s ?. They were glorious days that showcased all sorts of really cool and interesting personal sites that were full of whimsy.

Comet from Halt and Catch Fire
Comet from Halt and Catch Fire

I decided that I wanted to get onboard with some of this nostalgia. My own site, this very one that you're on now, had a very clean and spars look to it. It had beautiful typography and was very content focussed, but it had no character. More importantly, it didn't portray my character. Which I think all good personal websites should.

My previous theme
My previous theme

The 90s web redesign

The redesign had to be a nod back to those Geocities days where webmasters did all kinds of cool things with their sites. But I didn't want it to be pages of pixelated GIFs (pronounced gif, by the way, not jif ?) and 8bit pixel art. No. It had to reflect my personality, be interesting to visitors, lightweight and easy to read.

I don't think I did too badly.

I've called this new theme Nineteen Quirky and it's available on GitHub right now for you to download and play with. Here's a list of some of the things I've done with Nineteen Quirky:

No more comments?

That's right, no more comments. I've battled with removing comments in the past, but decided to bring them back in the end. This was a mistake. They're a headache and are difficult to manage.

Plus, most 90s websites that I knew of didn't have a comments section. No, instead they had a guestbook. So in true 90s fashion, I've also implemented a guestbook on this site. Please feel free to pop on over there to sign it.

My personality

Although my previous theme was cool, it had no character. It was pretty much a blank slate with some words on it. It was...boring. Very nice, but boring nonetheless.

I wanted my 90s web styled site to include more of my personality. So from now on I'm going to try and write in a more informal way that includes some jokes etc.

Wrapping up

I really hope you like this new version of my website. I've worked hard on it and I'm really happy with the results. Oh crap, I almost forgot...I said earlier it needed to be light. Here's how light it is:

With a page size of 300kb that includes the new background images, and a load time of 0.7 seconds, I'm pretty happy with how light it is.

What do you think? Is the new design any good, or do you hate it? Get in touch to tell me your thoughts.

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