Glenn Davis (born June 21, 1961) [1] was one of the first web designers . He is best known for his websites Cool Website of the Day and Project Cool and for being a founding member of the Web Standards Project .

Davis created Cool Site of the Day in August 1994. [2] Linking to one single site, the site became an arbiter of taste on the Internet, [3] and its award was a coveted prize among Silicon Alley start-ups. [4] Cool Site of the Day also sparked a large number of similar coolness awards. [5]

Davis became a celebrity through Cool Site of the Day , giving interviews to magazines and radio networks such as NPR [6] . [7] Newsweek celebrated Davis as one of the 50 most important people on the Internet in 1995, dubbing him the “King of Cool.” [8]

In time for the first anniversary of Cool Site of the Day , Davis Inaugurated the Cool Site Of The Year award, Also Known As the Webby , qui Was first presented in Hollywood , California , in August 1995 and Was Given To The Spot . [9]

Davis left Cool Site of the Day in November 1995. [8] In January 1996 he founded Project Cool with Teresa Martin, a new media specialist at Knight Ridder . [1] This new venture was conceived as an educational resource center teaching web development. [10] Project Cool continued the daily award concept under the name “Project Cool Sighting.” The site has become a respected and widely used resource on web development techniques, [11] and its founders co-authored two books to complement it. [12] [13] Davis co-founded the Web Standards Project with Tim Bray ,Jeffrey Zeldman and George Olsen, among others. [10] In 2000, he founded Astounding Websites , an online forum created to review and discuss the best writing, design, and programming on the web. [14] Davis gave up on the web as a medium in 2002, dismissing it as “old hat” because he thought there was little room for significant further breakthroughs. [7]

Has been recognized for defining the technique of “liquid” web design. [15]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Gerwig, Kate (1996-01-22). “Glenn Davis takes ‘cool’ to a new level – Project Cool ready to roll. Internet Week .
  2. Jump up^ Davis, Glenn (1994-08-10). “ANNOUNCE: Cool Site of the Day” . comp.infosystems.www.misc . Retrieved 2011-02-23 .
  3. Jump up^ Ryan, James (1996-10-07). “What’s Cool on Line? The E-mail Basket, Please” . New York Times . Retrieved 2011-02-22 .
  4. Jump up^ Chervokas, Jason; Tom Watson (1996-09-23). “Silicon Alley Trades Attitude for Maturity” . New York Times . New York . Retrieved 2011-02-22 .
  5. Jump up^ Ankerson, Megan Sapnar (2014-07-15). “How Coolness Defined the World Wide Web of the 1990s” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2014-07-17 .
  6. Jump up^ Gibson, Julie Gammill (September 1995). “Rental, Rental, Rental” . American Journalism Review . Retrieved 2011-02-22 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Guernsey, Lisa (2002-03-28). “As the Web Matures, Fun Is Hard to Find” . New York Times . Retrieved 2011-02-22 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:b “The Net 50” . Newsweek . 1995-12-25 . Retrieved 2011-02-22 .
  9. Jump up^ “1st World Wide Web” Webby “Announced Awards”. Newsbytes . Hollywood. 1995-08-30.
  10. ^ Jump up to:b Oakes, Chris (1998-08-10). “Group Out to Set A New Standard” . Wired . Retrieved 2011-02-26 .
  11. Jump up^ Brown, Janelle (1998-02-06). “A Search Engine by Developers, for Developers” . Wired . Retrieved 2011-02-26 .
  12. Jump up^ Martin, Teresa A .; Glenn Davis (1998-02-03). The Cool Project Guide to Enhancing Your Web Site . Chichester: Wiley. ISBN  0-471-19457-3 .
  13. Jump up^ Martin, Teresa A .; Glenn Davis (1996-12-23). The Cool Project Guide to HTML . Chichester: Wiley. ISBN  0-471-17371-1 .
  14. Jump up^ Zeldman, Jeffrey (2001). Taking your talent to the Web: A guide for the transitioning designer . Indianapolis, IN: New Riders. p. 390. ISBN  9780735710733 .
  15. Jump up^ Finck, Nick (1999-08-29). “Liquid Web Design: Build it right and it will work no matter what the container” . Digital Web Magazine . Retrieved 2011-02-16 .