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  1. That’s why the advent of mobile has been a breath of fresh air in Web development. The renewed importance of site performance and file size emphasizes the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills of a front-end developer who has the ability to write custom code. Slapping together a bunch of jQuery plugins into a generic framework is not real Web development, despite what many clients believe.

    But, my goodness, does this bring back memories. Working with a friend who was a Web designer, we spent many hours trying to create something worthy of entry into the 5K contest. We didn’t win, but we were one of the finalists, I believe. And it still works: Pixel Doodle 5120.

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  2. Wow,I’d love to see a new 5k contest with the current state of the web. I’d love to join it too! :-)

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  3. I’m surprised that there weren’t any elegant typographic entries in the winners list… was that not a thing yet?

    And +1 to Giel, I’d like to see a new 5k contest as well.

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  5. This one is pretty cool: https://web.archive.org/web/20021009122401/http://entries.the5k.org/1080/nightdream.htm

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  6. The 5k contest was originally to design a single webpage in under 5k, but at the time web designers like myself took it to the extreme and decided to try and create an entire, self-contained website in under 5k. My entry (Seven Wonders - https://web.archive.org/web/20050216072822/http://www.the5k.org/description.asp/entry_id=409) didn’t win or make the finalists, but that was the best time of the early web, where nothing was impossible and innovation in web design was the norm.

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  7. @Robert: Too bad only your homepage was cached. What was the rest of the site like?

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  9. marvelous…

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  10. Sorry, commenting is closed on this article.