Essentially consisting of screencaps and gifs, Old Web is an aesthetic utilising traditional web design elements combined with aspects of poetry and self-expression. This also includes GIFs, video games, and clip-art. This aesthetic mainly exists for the sake of nostalgia for late 1990s and early 2000s internet culture.


Old Web's philosophical heart yearns for the days of uninhibited individualism of the old web, before the internet became streamlined and social media monopolized how people communicated, and web graphic design developed a stricter set of rules for the "dos" and "don'ts" for the sake of accessibility and marketing.

Visual

Many Old Web screencaps and gifs come from archived geocities websites made by amateur coders and animators. The limited nature of the internet contributed to old web graphics being a bit rough around the edges. Harsh website design choices, clunky animations, and pixel art are all defining traits of the old web aesthetic.

Another main visual aesthetic that this category follows is the rounded blue edge windows that old software on Windows XP archived, the sharp looking windows that software appeared on Windows 95/98, or the transparent background that Windows Vista is much known for (in terms of looks).

This may also include early 3D examples from Windows' screensavers or commercial, ads for any of Microsoft's product or even software that characterized the old Windows OS's.

Cameron's World is a website put together to celebrate this aesthetic. Gifcities is a website where you can search for gifs that used to be on Geocities, or fit that style.

Music

Old Web, musically, relates itself audibly to Vaporwave, since usually the people who follow this aesthetic are in major part responsible for the Vaporwave movement.

There's a genre that people who follow this aesthetic have created: The mockup bootup/shutdown screens.

Hobbies & Activities

Some potential activities and hobbies of the Old Web aesthetics include going to old webpages and using old avatar chat programs (like the infamous Worlds.com; an old chatting program that is largely abandoned these days save for a dedicated group of people who act like a Satanic cult to mess with newcomers who come in). For those REALLY adventurous individuals in Old Web, there's always traveling the Deep Web, but be careful where you go on the Deep Web lest you stumble upon some potentially illegal content (though, to dispel the myths, no, not every website on the deep web is a hub for illegal pornography, hiring hitmen, and buying drugs, there are plenty of innocent sites on the Deep Web).

Another popular activity within the Old Web aesthetic is playing games that were popular at the time the Old Web aesthetic's period of prominence (such as The Sims™)

Examples of the videogame OST
Example of a remixed piece of the OST

Gallery

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