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Global Network Navigator (GNN)
GNN was launched in May of 1993, making it the
first commercial site on the Web. It was developed by O'Reilly
& Associates, then sold to America Online in 1995. GNN
is no longer in publication.
I was the Art Director (and the sole designer)
for GNN, and upon its sale, joined the founder Dale Dougherty
in his new company, Songline Studios, Inc.
I provided the idea for the "global-loon", created
the site's graphic identity, and created all graphics and illustrations
(except for the balloon itself).
Bear in mind that these pages were created in the
days of HTML 1.0, which means no text next to graphics, no centering,
no tables, no background colors or patterns. They look clunky
by today's standards, but at the time, they were among the most
interesting pages out there.
|Sample HTML Pages
Click the image to see the HTML
page. Unfortunately, the links from these pages do not work.
(Note, pages will open in a new window.)
GNN was designed to look friendly and inviting as it aimed
to reach users who were brand new to the Web (which was nearly
everyone at the time).
This was my first "Center" design, and I think it will
always be my favorite. No graphic in this center has more
than 4 pixel colors!
Personal Finance Center
Each publication had its own distinct look, but was
consistent with the all-over style of the site.
Stages of Development
As more publications were added to GNN, we needed to
constantly reorganize the home page. These are four of many