Research into the world wide web with
emphasis on web design.
Compiled by Gavin
Gilmour for studies undertaken in the Advanced Diploma
of Graphic Design, Canberra Institute Technology, Canberra
History of web
design The why, where, how of
The Web design phenomenon
The evolution, 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Generation web site design.
please view some examples
Then and now.
The World wide web Assignment aims
The following essay aims to address the following questions
as requested in assignment outlines.
Why was the www developed?
where was the web developed?
how was the web developed? who was involved?
Trace changes in development what has caused the changes to
what scientific influences?
what technological development?
impact of fashion? style changes?
Historical? Design changes, why, identify stylistic changes?
What are the most important influences?
What is the main design difference between earliest and latest
The web design history
The world wide web developed from a scientists interest to
explore communication methods via the computer network. The
web dates back to the early 1980's at CERN, an European high
energy physics research facility. Tim Berners-Lee who did
the initial development stage was interested in the ability
to link academic papers electronically and to utilitise the
internet to correspond to people in other laboratories around
the world. Tim worked on the standard hypertext (html) language
protocol and browser program which interrupts the html and
converts it into screen based text. The first browser program
was capable of viewing text documents only, but from a range
of different computer platforms.
The internet had been in place since the
late 1960's and utilised for data transfer between computers
via the telephone network system. The data transfer was carried
out by using TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/ internet
protocol) which was developed by Advanced Research and Projects
Agency. The TCP/IP was developed for US military reasons but
was later utilised by academia in Universities.
Since the early 1980's, the web has developed
at a very rapid rate and is now used by education, business,
government and any other body interested in transferring electronic
media around the world.