During your time as a web designer, what popular web trends did you see or participate in? Do you still use some of it today for nostalgic value? (Things like "pixel trading cliques" and "network names" were trends but they aren't related to web designing.) If you have some screenshots of your work, feel free to post them too!
Some of the trends I used to partake in:
- Custom-colored scrollbars: They were never considered valid CSS and only worked on Internet Explorer, but that didn't stop anyone from using them! They seem to have largely fallen out of favor since newer versions of Internet Explorer no longer support it.
- Pop-up layouts: They were super easy to make because dealing with resolutions was a pain, especially for someone who wanted a set frame!
- Inline frames: Especially for pop-up layouts, inlne frames were practically an art to me because they could aesthetically be part of the layout artwork in a set-frame layout. Inline frames are largely outdated, but the aesthetic can still be achieved with a simple "overflow: auto" CSS in a DIV tag!
- Frames: They were awful for indexing but they were an easy way to display content before people knew about PHP or DIVs.
- Infinite background DIV layouts: The trick was to set the background on repeat and use divs to position your content! Simple and easy to load! I still see some of these today, except larger and more decorated.
- Splash pages: a lot of websites had splash pages, often with the recommended resolution of 800 x 600 and "no sticky paws" (no stealing). They fell out of favor since they seem pointless, but I still see Japanese fan art sites still use it (mostly as a forewarning not to steal/repost artwork or any objectionable content it may have).
- Star-exploding script: It's the script where if you click on a page, projectiles come out of it!
Some of the trends I saw:
- Side-scrolling layouts: Some people displayed their content horizontally, making you scroll in a horizontal direction. A common way I saw this work was through inline frames, and people would just line up all sections of their site with an inline frame for each section!