What are some examples of "classic" webiste design?
June 1, 2009 9:56 AM   Subscribe

What are some examples of "classic" webiste design?

I'm looking for examples of layouts that haven't changed much over the years (because they were good, not because they were lazy.) I'm looking for things like google.com, not timecube.com
posted by SouthCNorthNY to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

This very site has not changed much...metafilter.com / ask.metafilter.com
posted by fx3000 at 10:15 AM on June 1, 2009 [1 favorite]

Slashdot has been pretty similar for 10 years.
posted by ALongDecember at 10:20 AM on June 1, 2009

Although it has changed somewhat aesthetically Amazon has always kept its structural feel.

Ever since I've been working in eCommerce front-end design/development (6 years) they have always been the shopping site to get inspiration from first when thinking of new features/layout.
posted by whtthehecker at 11:45 AM on June 1, 2009

Drudge Report?
posted by spilon at 11:53 AM on June 1, 2009


It's been the same design for as long as i can remember..and it's perfect!
posted by kampken at 3:49 PM on June 1, 2009

posted by imjustsaying at 3:57 PM on June 1, 2009

Interesting to note that both the NYT and Slashdot have changed hugely under the hood in the last couple of years. The layout may not have changed much, but the underlying code has been revised a great deal, in favour of accessibility/efficiency/standards.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:53 PM on June 1, 2009

posted by cda at 6:56 PM on June 1, 2009

To supplement fx3000's answer, here's a (quasi-hidden) page detailing the early days of Metafilter's page design, pre-launch.
posted by Rhaomi at 7:15 PM on June 1, 2009 [1 favorite]

This is a 37 Signals article that made the rounds last year about how the Drudge Report is one of the best designed sites on the web.
posted by the christopher hundreds at 9:57 PM on June 1, 2009

posted by mjg123 at 4:44 PM on June 2, 2009

Wow, two things.

1. Excite.com still exists
2. And it has changed little since 1999
posted by ALongDecember at 4:01 PM on June 4, 2009

Oh, one more. The Smoking Gun looks EXACTLY as it did in 1997. Well, now it has an ad.
posted by ALongDecember at 8:04 AM on June 30, 2009

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