3 Jun 2011 5 pm eastern

16 years online

ON MAY 31, 2011, this website turned sixteen years old. Thank you for indulging me. (And thanks to Sean M. Hall for reminding me.)

Here is a reflection written when the site turned 13.

And here, from 2007, is a mini-retrospective of The Daily Report beginning with 31 August 1997 (entries from 1995–1996 are gone due to overwriting), and continuing through years of constant writing and strange design such as daily/0303a.shtml, daily/0103a.shtml, and daily/0902b.html. (Of course to really see these pages as the world saw them then, you’d need a non-antialiased operating system, a non-standards-compliant browser, and a dingy TV tube monitor. But I digress.)

More of this site’s juicy Web 1.0 goodness may be unearthed here.

If you like, you can also peruse a small gallery of my article header images from the early days of A List Apart Magazine.

Here’s to plenty more years ahead, inventing the web and modern design together.

Filed under: 16 years, A List Apart, Design, The Essentials, The Profession, Zeldman, zeldman.com

13 Responses to “16 years online”

  1. John Rainsford said on

    You should reinstate the Jakob Nielsen Corner.

  2. Chris G. said on

    Gotta love this.. “You’ll need the free RealPlayer to watch the streaming celebrity videos.” http://www.zeldman.com/15/main.html

  3. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    You should reinstate the Jakob Nielsen Corner.

    I should! But perhaps with a different name.

  4. Tat said on

    I love seeing your old designs, especially the “strange” ones. I feel like looking at the designs say, “this is what I’m into” even more than the content does. A visual time capsule of your changing aesthetics.

  5. Billed D. said on

    Congratulations, Jeffrey. Makes me feel a bit old, but here’s to the next 20 years. Cheers!

  6. Antoine Butler said on

    Very cool, I’m only just now finding out that I and zeldman.com share the same birthday.

    Here’s to many more!

  7. Gus Bird said on

    I mostly miss those old copies PDN that had (at one point in time) the “web insert” magazine stuck inside – I always got really excited when those came in. If I remember correctly, weren’t you the main writing ingredient in that thing?

  8. Lester said on

    Congratulations! Hard to believe she’s already old enough to drive…

  9. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Gus Bird: Yes, I wrote for PDN’s web section for about a year around 2000.

  10. Stan Faryna said on

    Of all the scapegoats I could finger, you’re to blame for encouraging me to dive in and get webby all over. And to thank.

    It’s only too bad, we don’t talk anymore.

  11. Tyson said on

    I’ve been a regular reader since about 1999.
    I can’t thank you enough for all the inspiration, tips and just general awesomeness you’ve given me over the years.
    congrats on 16 years, and here’s to many, many more.
    Thanks Jeffery!


  12. Mikey said on

    Wow. I’ve been following you since 2001. What I find quite surprising is how the designs from 2002-2003 still look fresh and modern even by today’s standards.

  13. Dmytro said on

    My congratulations to you!

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