A new Mozilla blog post asks the question, why are hyperlinks blue? It’s a fascinating dive into the history of the Web. There is no definitive answer, but Elise Blanchard has a hunch.
I’ll share a few highlights from the play.
Mosaic, an early browser released by Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina on January 23, 1993, had blue hyperlinks. To really understand the origin and evolution of hyperlinks, I scoured the history of technology and interfaces to explore how links were handled before color monitors, and how interfaces and hyperlinks rapidly evolved once. that color has become an option.
Windows 1.0 brought a color graphical interface. The links and buttons are still black, similar to Apple’s interface at the time. What I find interesting, however, is that this is the first instance of our dark blue used in a layout. Dark blue is used heavily in headers and on borders around modals.
1987 – HyperCard
Released by Apple for the Macintosh, this program used hyperlinks between pages and applications. Although aesthetically beautiful, this version did not use color in its hyperlinks.
It’s a long read but worth it if you’re interested in graphic design and web history.