“In Cyberspace Pixels are Free” is the wisdom from the first real web design textbook — Kreating Killer Websites by David Siegel (1996). It became the name of the installation Merz Akademie student Max Semmler made out of my library for the Digital Folklore at HMKV.

15- to 25-year-old volumes of web design manuals are amongst the most obsolete print products – or at least that’s what one would assume. But the advice, warnings and instructions assembled here provide interesting and fun facts for the inclined media archeologist. For example, they bear witness to the amount of work that used to be invested in reducing files to a manageable size, a striking phenomenon seen from today’s perspective.

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