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Apple Web Design Guide Circa 1996

Sadly no pretty pictures to look at in this Apple Guide from 1996, a 39 page PDF, but it is an interesting insight into Apple as well as a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and in internet terms it can certainly be classified as material.

You can download the PDF guide via

The following excerpts are taken from the Apple Guide.

About This Document

The Apple Guide is the result of Apple’s desire to improve the user experience of the Web. We wanted to provide Web pagedesigners with a resource that explains how to apply a user-centereddesign philosophy to the implementation of Web pages.

From the introduction

We here at Apple would like to help make people’s adventures on theWeb as good as they can be. Based on our experience designing,building, and testing easy-to-use computer products, we’re offeringsuggestions for creating Web pages that are usable and effective.

This document contains information about general human interfaceprinciples that you can apply to designing Web pages. It provides somegeneral considerations and links to other resources that we’ve found useful and informative. This informationhas been drawn from our Macintosh Human Interface ,from experience and expertise on the part of members of the Applehuman interface community, and from information gleaned from theWeb itself.

We plan to expand the information in this document over time andare interested in your ideas.


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