Remember System 6? If you’re a newcomer to the Mac platform, probably not. But Josh Russell, who runs record label
Bremsstrahlung Recordings, redesigned his label’s Web site based on the bare-bones, black-and-white interface of the 1989 operating system, according to a
Bremsstrahlung Recordings’ new Web site is just like the System 6 and looks just like the desktop of a 1980s compact Mac, such as a Mac Plus or Mac Classic, according to Wired.
Its designer, Christopher Murphy (who runs Fällt, an independent record label, design shop and publishing house in Belfast, Ireland), created the entire site pixel by pixel in MacPaint and Photoshop. While it may appear simple, the design was “incredibly demanding,” Wired says. Each page of the site is made of upwards of 20 Photoshop layers.
“I certainly didn’t take straight screenshots,” said Murphy, who did some of the work on an old Mac Classic and others on a Titanium PowerBook. “In my studio I have one of the oldest Macs sitting alongside one of the newest Macs, and they’re both used equally on a daily basis. Most of my work is pixel-based, and the Classic is incredibly fast because the software footprints are so, so small.”