Sunday, 1 December 2013


Before I could start designing my website I needed to refine and organise my content so I know how much information will be included on each page of the site.


My homepage will give a brief introduction to the sites purpose and aims while directing them through to the sites content.

Points I want my homepage to communicate;

  • What is the site about?
  • The important of skateboard history.

Skateboarding history is full of interesting movements, ticks and figures that have helped to influence the direction and state of the sport today. Many of these definitive historic aspects still hold influence in modern skateboard culture, from the shape of the skateboard deck to the tricks that are practiced; all have been influenced in some way by past events.Therefore, the sports history is significance whether you’re a skateboarder or just interested in the sport, this website offers users an interesting and insightful look at the evolution of the sport, and how its history is still relevant today. 


Next, I used the skateboard history research collected in response to the summer brief combined with some further secondary research to form the content of my timeline. Results from my survey showed that my audience are generally interested in learning about the history of the sport but generally find it unengaging. Therefore, I wanted to focus the content of timeline on specific parts of the sports progression and other important definitive moments in the sports history. 

  • 1918 - 48 - Someone broke the apple box off the front of his apple box skate scooter and started a new trend.
  • 1958 - The first skateboards start to appear and were made by surfers with the general idea that they could be used to curse out the oceans flat spells.
  • 1958 - Newspapers printed stories on the vast number of school children making skateboards in their wood working classes.
  • 1962 - Skateboarding starts rapidly gaining popularity, since commercial boards are unavailable skaters use anything they can get their hands to use for a deck.
  • 1963 - Companies started using multi-layered hardwoods for skateboard decks and screen-printed graphics and logos onto them. Companies such as Makaha, Hobie and Jack’s are the industry leaders and start holding their own competitions.
  • 1963 - Clay wheels used for skateboards.
  • 1964 - The first issue of 'Skateboarder magazine appears'.
  • 1965 - Skateboarding simply dies. 
  • 1966 - Underground skateboard movements start focusing on different terrain and start using short boards.
  • 1969 - Skateboarding progresses into the back yard pool skating era.
  • 1969 - Also signifies the year the first 'dogtown' boards were painted. 
  • 1971 - Vans design the first skateboard shoe.
  • 1972 - Frank Nasworthy takes note of the urethane wheels used for roller skates and adapts them for skateboarding starting the company 'Cadillac wheels'.
  • 1975The Bahne Cadillac Contest is held in Del Mar and brings together a vast range of skaters with varying styles, among them are the infamous Z-Boys who wipe the floor with their competition.
  • 1978 - Alan Gelfand invented a trick called the ollie. The trick entails slamming down the tail of the board while jumping to pop up into the air. The trick completely revolutionizes skateboarding.
  • 1978 - Steve rocco forms SMA Rocco Division, which begets 'Blind' which in turn became 'World Industries'. These skateboarder run companies are free to be creative and help shape the direction of the sport.
  • 1978 - Skateboard company Powell Peralta was set up by George Powell and Stacey Peralta.
  • 1979 - Towards the end of the 70's skateboarding started losing popularity again, skateparks all over America started closing due to high insurance prices and consequent closures.
  • 1979 - The 'bones brigade' skate team was set up by Stacey Peralta consisting of Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill.
  • 1980 - 'Thrasher' skateboard magazine is started by Fausto Vitello.
  • 1980 - The 1980's board style was wider than previous styles with a short nose and large tail, rails were also added to the underneath to help with grinds.
  • 1983 - VCRs were used to film the first bones brigade video - The Bones Brigade Video Show.
  • 1989 - The sport starts to loose popularity again, vert skating specifically has a huge dip in interest. 
  • 1990 - Skateboarding finds common ground with the Punk movement and slowly starts gaining popularity again.
  • 1990 - Sees the introduction of the boards shape we know and love today, smaller wheels are used to help reduce weight and make flip tricks easier and lighter trucks are also developed.
  • 1995 - ESPN hold the first ever X-Games.
  • 1995 - Thrasher celebrates 15 years of publication and is one of the longest running skateboard magazines.
  • 1999 - Tony Hawks Pro Skater Playstation game is released.
  • 2000's - Current - Skateboarding has continued to progress to a worldwide platform, the sport is practiced round the world and the industry has seen a massive raise in commercial funding.


The about page will offer users a more in depth explanation of why the site was created and what it hopes to achieve. 

Points I want my About page to communicate;

  • What is the site about?
  • The important of skateboard history.
  • What will the site achieve?
  • Why?
Skateboarding relatively new as a spot having only being conceived in the past 100 years, despite this the sport has a rich history and culture that is still continuing to thrive in the present day.

The aim of the website is to provide users with an insightful look at the sports history. However, there will be no monotonous list of dates and information found here. Instead, all informative data has been visually supported with graphic illustrations to make the content engaging for the reader.

The website attempts to inform and educate users about definitive points in skateboard history, in an attempt to highlight its importance to a modern audience.  An understanding skateboard history is beneficial as it helps users to recognize the context behind some of the tricks and trends found within the skateboard industry today. 


The blog page will display a neat grid of skateboard history related images, due to its content the blog page will not need any introduction explaining its function.

However, the page will need a collection of historic skateboard related imagery to form the initial pictorial content. Unfortunately, imagery collected through primary research methods such as my own photographs will look modern and communicate nothing about the historic information communicated by the timeline. Therefore, I am unable to collect any imagery through primary sources, instead I will have to collect images from the internet and reference the photographer and the site from which the image was taken.

Images research - Link


The sources page is also pretty self explanatory and so needs little or no introduction. 

All of the information displayed on the site regarding the history and evolution of skateboarding was collected from the list of sources below. Some of the dates features are accurate guesses as nobody will ever know when the first ever skateboard was created or who by. However, despite some disputable dates are all information presented is accurate to the research source it was collected from. 

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