One of my first experiences in working the web was in middle school. I made the school’s webpage using basic HTML. I remember having to submit the sight to Lycos and other search engines (Google was not one of them).
It was the Wild West. Flash was big, VRML was going to be the future, dial up at 56K was considered blazing. If you had an ISDN line, well, you were a king.
At that point, design was also whatever worked. Buttons looked like 3D buttons. You could have tiled images as the background. Heck, you want a midi file to play while people visit your palace? Mulder wouldn’t mind.
I like how new technologies, like voice, seem to have this amateurish feel to them at the start. It brings out those people who are willing to try something new and different. We need more of these.