I found a screen shot of the first client site I ever worked on back in the 90’s. It was tiny! Things have definitely changed. I’d go as far to say we now have to design 50x times more pixels to create a website.
My first commercial client ever was ‘Haslemere Forge’ a small business wanting their seminal web presence. It was also my first experience designing and building an entire site. I’d previously worked on sections of large University sites but never got to go near areas such as ‘home’ pages or ‘main navigation’.
There were few conventions at the time, nor anything anyone considered as UX patterns. This meant that each design took fresh new approaches to design. Everything was up for grabs, search & navigation location and design could be anywhere or anything.
Pixel for pixel, small thumbnail images in 2018 are bigger than the entire screen in the times of VGA screen resolutions.