Once in a while, I’ll go back to look at some of the sites that inspired me over the years, and one of those was Superfancy. If you go now, all you’re going to see now is a websquatter site that’s of no use. And if you pick a random time on the Wayback Machine, you’re likely to run into the ghoulish last page that never really got updated before the site went dark.
If you’re really lucky (and so far I haven’t been), then the stuff that you’ll see on the Wayback Machine will show you a site that was F-F-Found before it existed, Imgur before that existed, and a dozen Flash sites when Flash was still the go-to tech for coolness.
But the thing I loved most about it was its Euro-meets-the-world sense of avant-garde.
After all these years, I still don’t quite get what Superfancy was. Was it an online art gallery? Was it a portfolio for stoned animation students? Proto-guerrilla advertising for a German marketing company? The site never was quite clear, and the one time I emailed the webmaster about it, I got an answer of “We are what we are. Have a nice day.”
Regardless, at times, the images were beautiful. Whether it was the glowing Pony Express rider racing through the cosmos to Taps, or the spider-like creatures scurrying around to soft flutes, or even the paint-spattered basketball player making slam dunks to 70s Porno Groove, the images were interesting, breathtaking, and…occasionally NSFW.
I hope the Wayback Machine can produce everything once again. Heck, I’m hoping that somewhere out there, Superfancy has been resurrected under a new name and is waiting to entrance and inspire a new group of people.