I love Archive.org.
Specifically, one of my favourite things is using Archive.org to reminisce about what different websites looked like back in the day. And one thing I've noticed over my time browsing it, is that I prefer the design of web pages from years gone by, as opposed to modern designs.
Take eBay, for example. Here's what it looked like in 1998 (screenshot from Archive, so ignore the missing images):
And what it looks like today:
I find the 19 year-old version to be much easier to look at and browse than the current version. The old one is basic, refined, and simple. The new one? It's overflowing with colours, animations, sliders, text, buttons, drop-downs, forms, links, logos, and pictures. You need a road-map just to try and browse the blessed site.
Maybe I'm grouchy, but I feel like web design was nicer back in the 90's and early 2000's. I know that it mostly had to do with internet speeds being low, so websites had to be simple. But I just can't stand this new trend of huge images cramming in your face, swoopy animations flying in from every which way, and ultra-wide webpages. I know it's never going to go back to the way it was, but I sure miss it.
But hey, I could be a lone idiot. Do you guys think web design was better back in the day, or are we currently enjoying web design that's as good as it's ever been?