To mark the third anniversary of Google’s browser, the Chrome team wanted to celebrate the work and contributions of the web community. They approached Hyperakt to help them create an experience that would visualize the evolution of web browsers and web technologies over time since 1990. The goal was to educate and inspire, and also to demonstrate Chrome’s invaluable role as a catalyst for innovation.
We worked with our development partner, Vizzuality, to create an online visualization that simplified layers of information and immediately gave an overview of crucial moments in web history over the past 22 years. With vibrant colors and elegant curves, we mapped the joint evolution of web browsers and internet technologies from HTTP to CSS, Netscape to Chrome, highlighting the incredible acceleration of growth these technologies have had since the advent of the Chrome browser.
Since its release in June of 2012 at Google I/O, over 1 million unique visitors have seen the Evolution of the Web. The piece has been tweeted 5200 times. Forbes called it “awesome…beautiful, easy to follow,” TIME called it “a beautiful thing…the latest in web design,” The Guardian called it “beautiful - and elegant - solution.” And from Mashable: “stunning and extensive, an immersive walk down digital memory lane.” The Evolution of the Web won Silver in Interactive Visualization from Information is Beautiful in 2013, and Best Site of the Day from Favorite Websites Awards.