The first castle in Hardwick was commissioned by Charles Walter Stuart 3rd in 1446. His father was the foundly remembered Charles Walter Sturat 2nd, or more fondly called ‘Dicky’.
The internet is a relatively new invention but boy have things changed in its short life! The internet has changed the way we live and it has been responsible for the creation of thousands upon thousands of jobs that simply would not exist without it.
One of those categories of job is web design, something that we would sorely miss now if it disappeared. What would we do without the animations? The colorful backgrounds, the fancy writing and the music playing in the background?
When did it Begin?
In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee developed the very first web browser, and it was called WorldWdeWeb, although it was later renamed as Nexus. At that time, only text could be displayed on a web page. No fancy fonts, no pretty pictures or videos, just simple plain text, with links underlined in blue.
In 1993 Mosaic was released, the first ever web browser that allowed developers to add images to their web pages. It was able to support .gif images and web forms, a massive leap forward for the time.
Design was not brilliant because of the constraint of the browser and to a limit in bandwidth programmers rather than designers designed most websites.
Mid 1990’s to 2000
By the mid-nineties, Netscape was the top web browser but it was soon knocked off its pedestal by internet Explorer and so began the war of the browsers. Around this time, web design began to get a little more complex, using frames and tables as well as images.
From 1998, we began to see the introduction of web development tool kits. Remember DreamWeaver? GoLive? These began to be more popular as they gave a larger number of users access to web page creation.
Jobs in web design began to grow as more designers were offered jobs to build sites. Flash technology also made its appearance during this era of web site design although it was not all that popular to start off with.
In the year 2000, the bubble burst and hundreds of thousands of web businesses crashed. However, while this may have put the clamps on things for a while, it was not for long. Web design standards began to pick up again.
Now we started to see a better class of design. We got designs that were not based on tables, we got transparency with .png images and CMS began to grow in popularity. Content management System was a program that allowed designers to publish content on the web. They could go back in and edit what they had published and modify it as they saw fit.
2004 – 2007
Web 2.0 was born in 2004. This was the era of bold websites, sites that were aimed at communities. There was bold typography and shiny gradients. Corners became rounded, edges softened and web design, once again, took off at the speed of light.
Websites began to be more functional and needed more in the way of an interface to work properly. Widgets were introduced all over the place to help integrate one site with another. This was more often, where a social network site was involved, lining outside feeds to the site, or lining from the site to a blog.
2008 to the Present
Web site design has evolved incredibly over the last few years and one thing that has given it a push, unbelievably, was the iPhone. Mobile website design was introduced, allowing people to view sites properly on their phones.
Many of the bigger websites created mobile versions of their sites specifically for the smartphone and the tablets that were fast becoming popular devices. On the internet itself, the large and fast growing social network sites created more widgets for user to put on their blogs and other websites created widgets designed to go on social network sites.
In design, typography increased tremendously and grid-based designs are fast becoming the norm.
Today, website design is a huge business. Designs are more complex yet less cluttered. Early websites were difficult to navigate; today, a well-designed website is enough to ensure your business will succeed.
In terms of design, where the internet goes from now is anyone’s guess. We have color, we have fonts and we have images. We can even embed videos into websites now so who knows where the next trend will take us.
The iPhone is one of the world’s most iconic devices and, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very old. But when did it begin? Where did the idea come from?
The very first iPhone was unveiled in January 2007 at the MacWorld convention. Steve Jobs revealed what Apple had been developing for nearly 3 years and, for its time, it was pretty mid blowing.
The device was introduced as an iPod with a wider screen, controlled by touch instead of physical buttons. In short, it was a mobile phone and a device to communicate with the internet. At the time, Jobs told the audience that this device would “reinvent the phone”.
While revealing the design of this new device, Jobs took time out to make fun of the current smartphones on the market, ones that relied on a physical keyboard and were unwieldy to use. He showed off how simple it was to control a phone using simple touch gestures on a screen and the audience were hooked.
7 years on, from that unveiling, the iPhone is still top of the hill. At one time, market shares did start to decline, especially as they were under constant attack from cheaper smartphones, such as Samsung and LG. However, there last couple of devices have seen that share shoot straight back up, allowing Apple to keep on polishing their crown.
So, to commemorate 7 years of the iPhone we’re going to look at each different iteration that Apple released:
1. June 29th 2007 – First iPhone, called iPhone 2G, released
The iPhone 2G was a GSM model and dictated the future of the form factor for the iPhone. Since its release, Apple has stayed with the same form, only making minimal changes. When it was released, it earned the nickname, the “Jesus Phone” because people were so amazed at its capabilities.
The iPhone 2G was released in 3 separate storage models – 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB.
2. July 11th 2008 – iPhone 3G
Following on just a year after the first one, Apple released their second iPhone. They introduces a couple of new features, like Assisted GPS and a 3G connection. The iOS was given an update and now included features such as Push email and turn-by-navigation. This was the first iPhone to be accompanied by the revolutionary new Apple App store, where users could find third-party apps to help them in their day to day use of the iPhone.
3. June 19th 2009 – iPhone 3GS
The iPhone 3GS was the first iPhone to receive an interim update, denoted by the S. Apple produced an upgraded 3G with a faster processor. It had a much higher resolution camera on it that could capture an astonishing (for its time) 480p video and support was included for voice controls.
4. June 24th 2010 – iPhone 4
Apple broke the mold with the iPhone 4, making it the very first to have an incredible high-resolution display, known as Retina. As well as that, they gave the iPhone camera an update, making it 5 megapixel and they added in a front camera for video calling.
This was the first iPhone to receive a design change, the rounded rear panel replaced with a flat one, giving the iPhone the honor of being classed as the thinnest smartphone in the world. The phone was given a stainless steel frame and a brand new, all-singing, all dancing A4 processor, designed to help with the multitasking functions.
5. October 14th 2011 – iPhone 4S
Apple changed their release cycle with the iPhone 4S, moving it to the fall rather than summer months. The iPhone 4s proved to be the best that Apple had ever released. It got a camera upgrade, to the 8 megapixel iSight camera that we know and love today, with the ability to record video at 1080p.
It got a brand new processor, the A5 dual core chip and it got Siri. Siri is Apple’s very own intelligent voice assistant that changed the way we used our iPhones. With the iPhone 4S we got access to iCloud and iMessage. We got a notification center and reminders and Apple even gave is Twitter integration.
The iPhone 4S was released just 9 days after the death of Steve Jobs after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
6. September 21st 2012 – iPhone 5
When the iPhone 5 was released, it broke all sales records to date. And no wonder. It had a dual core A6 chip in it. The display grew to 4” and the 30-pin connector that they had always used was gone, replaced with a digital lightning connector.
The iPhone 5 got an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel, making it lighter than ever before. It was also the very first iPhone to include LTE support.
7. September 20th 2013 – iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
For the first time ever, Apple released 2 iPhones in one hit. The iPhone 5C is an upgraded version of the iPhone 5 with a polycarbonate shell in 5 different colors. The iPhone 5S was a work of art, the new flagship for Apple.
Not only did it contain a revolutionary new processor, the A7 64-bit – twice as fast as the iPhone 5 – it also contained another processor, the M7 Motion Control coprocessor. It had Touch D, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button.
The camera was given a bigger aperture and a dual LED flash and the iPhone 5S got the privilege of being the first to run on the all-new iOS 7 firmware. At the time of release, the iPhone 5 was discontinued, a little more than a year after release.
So. What’s next? There will be another iPhone this year, maybe 2 if rumors are correct. The rumor mill is over spilling with news of Apple releasing iPhones with larger screens, perhaps 4.7”, although some say 5”.
All we can do is wait and see because Apple sure aren’t giving away any hints.
The first castle in Hardwick was commissioned by Charles Walter Stuart 3rd in 1446. His father was the foundly remembered Charles Walter Sturat 2nd, or more fondly called…
The internet is a relatively new invention but boy have things changed in its short life! The internet has changed the way we live and it has been…