Perspective: Websites are fleeting.

I was glancing through some files in some webspace I’ve had for a while, and ran across a fairly old portfolio page I had. It listed seven websites that I had worked on around that time.

This was probably about seven years ago, so sometime in 2001 or so.

Not only is there not a trace of my work on any of the sites, only one of them actually even exists anymore. The rest are holding pages from the registrars or host providers.

I had forgotten that I had worked on a couple of them, until I saw the screenshots. Around that time, I had estimated that I had worked on about 100 websites. That’s the last time I tried to keep track. How many are left? How many would I remember?

It doesn’t matter, really. So, as I think about sites that I’m involved with in some way these days, they seem less important to me somehow, when I think that in a few years, they too will be gone.

Here are the screenshots, in memoriam.

Web design of the MSU admissions office viewbook
Web design of the MSU admissions office viewbook
Web design for MSU's Ag Expo
Web design for MSU's Ag Expo
Web design for MSU's Merrilat horse farms
Web design for MSU's Merrilat horse farms
Web design for MSU Detroit College of Law Amicus publication
Web design for MSU Detroit College of Law Amicus publication
Web design for MSU Health Education site
Web design for MSU Health Education site
Web design for stuSource.msu.edu
Web design for stuSource.msu.edu
Web design for University Relations at MSU
Web design for University Relations at MSU

Author: Davin Granroth

Davin is Chief Operating Officer for Covenant Eyes, Inc. in Owosso, MI, USA, where he gets to mix his background in user experience design, research, and strategy with the operation of a software company. For more, see his LinkedIn profile.

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