Artist Imagines What Instagram Would Look Like on Windows 95

Rebecca OConnell

Inexplicably, many of us still have a soft spot for Windows 95 in all its pixelated glory. We look back at charming features like the startup noise or the preloaded games with nostalgia-tinted glasses, even though (let's face it) Windows 95 was not the best operating system, and we've come a long way since then. But that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy its simple aesthetic.

Artist Misha Petrick has taken the contemporary app Instagram and designed it to look like a program on Windows 95. His recreation is appropriately uploaded on Instagram for your viewing pleasure. The app is known for its simplistic features, so it actually fits pretty well with the format of Windows 95. In fact, the image sharing service looks pretty good with the retro sans serif font and gray windows. Petrick pixelates some of his own work to show how the design works, including his cool whale animation.

You can see the recreation as a tall gif on Behance.

[h/t designboom]

Primary image courtesy of Instagram.

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