This timeline is called static. The timeline is shown at once.
The dark ages of web design
Design was made by symbols and tabulation (Tab key).
Tables – The beginning
The birth of browsers that could display images was the first step into web design as we know it.
The golden era of freedom – Flash
The end-result is packed as one file and then sent to the browser to be displayed.
Around the same time as Flash, a better approach to structuring design from a technical standpoint was born – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Mobile uprising – Grids and frameworks
Browsing the web on mobile phones was a whole challenge in itself. Besides all the different layouts for devices, it introduced content-parity problems – should the design be the same on the tiny screen or should it be stripped down?
Responsive web design
Ethan Marcotte proposed to use the same content, but different layouts for the design, and coined the term Responsive web design.
The times of the flat
Designing more layouts takes more time, so luckily we decided to streamline the process by ditching fancy shadow effects and getting back to the roots of design by prioritising the content.
The bright future
The holy grail of web design has been to actually make it visual and bring it into the browser. Imagine that designers simply move things around the screen and a clean code comes out!