harriet bishop

Analogue Cities: Tiled Backgrounds

Analogue Cities is a project about preserving and celebrating the content saved from archived GeoCities pages. Launched in 1994, GeoCities was a web-hosting service that allowed anyone to upload and design their own webpages, which resulted in 38 million pages of highly personalised content. In 2009 GeoCities was shut down and those 38 million pages immediately deleted. Although digital archives of the site exist, the deletion of GeoCities raises the issue that digital content is temporal and transient.

Thus, Analogue Cities explores GeoCities in an analogue format; a format that cannot be deleted so easily. The collection of work aims to offer an insight to these often humorous and colourful designs. Analogue Cities is about the ugly, the unrefined and the bold.

Infinitely repeating tiled backgrounds were a hugely popular part of GeoCities. Tiling an image meant the appearance of the background didn’t depend on the size of the viewer’s screen. However, they are seldom used today. Here tiled images from the GeoCities archives are presented in the style of Pantone postcards.