Hulu Almost Redeems April Fool's Day With Geocities Throwback Design

Hulumain.jpg

April Fool's Day is like the office birthday party of prankdom: obligatory, sad and distracting. Not only that, but there is the distinct possibility that when you're flying through your RSS reader or Twitter feed, you might see something interesting and get punked. I hate it. I could only hate it more if you got pinched if you didn't wear the appointed color of April Fool's Day. (Which would be goldenrod, obviously; joke's on you.)

BUT! We have found one redeeming feature of this awful pseudoholiday, and that is Hulu's amazing gag redesign today. They patterned Hulu after a mid-1990s Geocities page with terrible frames, bad typography and a scrolling text bar! These tricks were major features of what I call The Gold-Plated Age of Web Design in which we had no tools to make things look good, so any page that wasn't black text on a gray background was hailed as innovative.

This was also back when designers still mostly made fancy chairs and clothes, so web page design was a little like a bunch of nerds getting together to critique each other's tucked-in t-shirts and faded black jeans. It wasn't, "Maybe you should wear a suit;" it was, "You need more robots on your t-shirt."

So, thank you, thank you, Hulu, for bringing these memories. April Fool's Day is now only my second least favorite day of the year. Stupid Arbor Day.

hulubottom.jpg

Presented by

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Technology

Just In