Nickelodeon’s Website Throughout the Years
Nickelodeon (Nick) is a franchise that has made an impact on many people’s lives, especially within their childhood, whether that be watching their television shows or playing their online video games through their website. Either way, Nick continues to succeed in the present time, while also being one of the most popular childhood television channels to this day. Not only is there Nick’s channel, but there are other channels connecting to Nick, which include Nick Jr., Teen Nick, and Nick at Nite. They each have their own channels and broadcast different shows at different times, depending on the age of viewers. Nick is a world-wide company and has many different followers, varying in different races and ages. Nick also has their own hotel and resort where people can vacation and receive a Nickelodeon stay, where the entire place is Nick themed, with different characters and shows designed all over the resort. In short, Nick is a very successful company that progressively continues to achieve success.
Nick’s website is one that has not only changed its look overtime, but the usage of the website has grown as well. In this image here, we see what Nick’s web design looked like in November of 1999.
You can see that it includes TV shows, characters from the shows, games that include those same characters, giveaways or chances to win prizes, and in the top left corner you see the other Nick channels that were discussed prior. Towards the bottom left, you also see Nick trying to expand their popularity and usage by attempting to catch your attention and lead you to even more Nick content. With that being said, let us travel 11 years down the road. In this image below, this is what Nick’s website looked like in November of 2010.
We can see on both website designs that Spongebob is the only show that seems to be seen on both. However, we also see a shift in the characters of the shows, where the 1999 website had mostly cartoon characters, where the 2010 website gives you a bigger variety of characters. Something else that is interesting to see is the 2010 website has a more basic look, removing itself from its uniqueness and even fun-looking touch. Also, you see at the top that there are still opportunities to go to different Nick channels. You also see that you are able to watch movies and videos alongside the games in 2010, compared to 1999 where those activities seem more collaborative and are asking you to physically do things on the desktop, rather than just staring at a screen watching snippets from your favorite TV show.
With comparing these designs, we see what people were using the Nick website for, but we also see how Nick designed their websites. You can tell there are many hyperlinks within each page, but they are disguised as either characters or logos, rather than words being underlined or in a different color than the other font. Either way, the more you click on items, the more webpages you are opening up and the more you are shifting around on the internet, which all still ties back to being connected to Nick. Overall, you can sense the idea that different generations have grown up with different variations of Nick. Not only do we see a change in web design, but you are watching and playing with completely different characters depending on when you were born and what era of Nick you are growing up with.
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