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A love letter to the internet of old

If you’re old enough to remember the web in the mid-1990s then Cameron’s World, an online collage of text and images culled from old GeoCities pages, will be a trip down digital memory lane…

Launched in 1994, GeoCities was a web-hosting service which made it possible for early internet-users to design and build their very own corner of online space. GeoCities lasted until 2009 when Yahoo!, who had acquired the company in 1999, closed the service with over 38m pages online.

Now, Cameron Askin, a graphic designer and artist based in Berlin has brought a handful of them back. Using archived material from thousands of sites, he’s created Cameron’s World, the mother of all pages devoted to the art of digital self-expression 1990s style.

 

There are animal-themed graphics, a ‘dream fantasy realm’, a collage of ‘romantic’ pixel art and a host of ‘under construction’ graphics to take you back in time – even as far back as the early days of N’Sync. (And to add to the experience, there’s also a nifty soundtrack by Robin Hughes.)

According to an interview with fusion.net, Askin says he was inspired by the One Terabyte of Kilobyte tumblr which posts auto-generated screenshots of GeoCities pages. From these, Askin compiled an archive of images and did his own research into archived GeoCities sites before turning to Photoshop to create the look of his own page.

 

“In an age where we interact primarily with branded and marketed web content, Cameron’s World is a tribute to the lost days of unrefined self-expression on the Internet,” Askin states on the site. “This project recalls the visual aesthetics from an era when it was expected that personal spaces would always be under construction.”

Cameron’s World is at cameronsworld.net; Askin is on Twitter at twitter.com/cameronaskin

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