12.09.2007

10 Years Online at UIUC

I recently had my students talking about how they'd redo the current UIUC homepage. Now I learn that the last ten years of UIUC home pages are still archived and online:

1997
1998
2000ish
2002
2003
2005
2006

You can see, clicking through the archive, that a new design pretty much sustains about two revisions, with only minor changes going down every other time. You can also see what has pretty much been a maxim of page design over the past decade: revise annually or bi-annually.

This amped-up revision schedule is tough for folks to comprehend, I think, given the more lasting nature of designs in print. At the same time, I wonder sometimes if the every-year-or-so revision schedule common online will at some time slow down, possibly as conventions get codified.

Anyway. It's fun using the Wayback Machine to cruise old academic websites. Harvard in 1997 is funnnny, while UCLA is kinda funky.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:19 PM

    Did you know that undergraduates don't use webpages? In a 2003 or 2005 study, only 1-10% used a library web page to find library stuff. They use google to get the library's hours, and amazon to find books.

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  2. Hmm, well, Google is technically a web page, as is Amazon.com ... but I know what you mean: users access content in a number of ways online, often through syndication.

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