[Discussion] Eleven Years of TF.N: A Look Back at Web Designing

Discussion in 'Fan Design - Sites and Graphics' started by Brandon Rhea, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Brandon Rhea Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 26, 2004
    star 5
    Since we just celebrated the eleventh (wow!) anniversary of TF.N, I took a gander at the Internet Wayback machine, something I haven't done in awhile, and took a look at all of the archived TF.N designs. Here's the first logged design:

    http://web.archive.org/web/19980116122524/http://www.theforce.net/

    Looking at it, it's pretty bland and looks absolutely nothing like it does now. It was probably seen as pretty advanced back in the day, but I doubt anyone would pay much attention to it in today's world. It's amazing how far this stuff has come. Here is a link to the list of all of the other designs this site has had:

    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.theforce.net

    I thought it would be nice to have a discussion about the progression of web design by basing it around TF.N and the ten years of its existence. What do you guys think about how far TF.N and internet designing has come in the past one and a half decades (or whenever the internet went public :p)?
  2. Salty Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 24, 1998
    star 5
    I've always been a big fan of how the JC was designed. To be honest though, I'm a little surprised the site has maintained its look for so long. A friend of mine and I took the IGN style and altered it to fit onto the phpBB 2.0.x board system. There's no doubt about how solid of a design it is and how easy it was to modify.



    EDIT: The JC needs to update their Yahoo! smilies and the star images.
  3. Sith-Lord-Gunray Ex-Mod

    Member Since:
    Aug 20, 2003
    star 7
    The main site has always been nice and clean. But then you hit the forums and it's like a bunch of high schoolers just got photoshop and went crazy. It's crap. CRAP I SAY.
  4. Salty Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 24, 1998
    star 5
    College guys is probably more accurate. Carter-TFN was quite proud of this design even though I believe Scott Chitwood came up with the site design.