What bugs me about many of those collections is that they are like collections of curiosities where a stone axe is placed next to a stuffed dodo and stage clothes of an 80’s glam rock player—without any context.
I admire the digging effort, but I think it can be much more than just a collection of flashy graphics, something that can teach people about the history of computing, the web, and its culture.
There’s now a generation of people who have never seen an OS shipped without a PDF viewer. What does “Get Acrobar Reader” button say to them? They’d likely be curious to learn that PDF once wasn’t an ISO standard, it wasn’t free to implement, and you couldn’t view it without installing a viewer/plugin.
Those “Get Authorware Web Player” and “Get Desktop Architect” buttons say nothing to me. I have no idea what those programs were.
I tried to take a more “scientific” approach to a narrow subset, web server software buttons (https://baturin.org/notes/powered-by/), and I hope eventually we’ll have a button museum with specimens annotated properly.
Thank you for not only highlighting this need, but making a first step at addressing it! I agree for sure, this history will make a lot more sense with explanations of context.
I was surprised to see some recent images here. This one, for example, implores the viewer to download Blender 2.80, which was only released in July of this year. I guess some people are still making, and displaying, these images.
To my knowledge they are popular among the retro-web movement, such as tilde-sites and neocities (you’ll find a few of their badges in this collection too) – It’s a simple stylistic thing, that symbolizes that a different kind of web was possible, meaning a different kind of web could be possible again.
I really like that it’s still being updated, as the last one being less than two months ago.
This site is a perfect candidate for HTTP/2.
I love these web buttons/badges. I have my own personal collection of Emacs web badges.
Whoa, those were so awesome :) Like patches on your jeans jacket. Do I sound like an 80s kid? Whatever, I don’t care ;)