Web Design is getting big

Yesterday I was looking at the oldest copy of TheFacebook.com on the internet archive. I noticed something strange. Compared to most modern websites, all of the design elements were much smaller than modern websites.

Compare that with facebook in 2006.

Let's jump to today.

Woah. The size difference is giant. I'm not quite sure why web design grew so physically larger in that time. Are web designers going blind? I think the catalyst is a combination of screens getting larger and web design going "mobile first". To me, a website shouldn't be mobile first, it should be desktop first. If someone is on mobile, they should use the native app for their smartphone. Why dumb down the experience for those of use on desktop?

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