Kaliber 10000, my internet beginning comes to an end

Kaliber 10000, my internet beginning comes to an end

I first started Internet-ing back in the late 90’s. My first computer was a Compaq with a dial-up connection. It was a different time, it’s kind of funny to think about it now. It was also an important time for me as I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. At the time I wanted to be the nebulous concept of an “artist”, not really knowing what my options were. Thankfully I was lucky enough to come across a site called Kaliber 10000, which billed itself as “The Designer’s Lunchbox”. Honestly, I didn’t even really know what a designer was, I hadn’t even thought of things being designed before, and that’s where K10K (as it’s affectionately called) came in to play.

It was a collection of links, of ideas, of events to go to, of people to know. Being 18 or 19 I didn’t really know what to do with it, but I knew I liked what they posted, that it spurred creative thoughts inside my head. Sadly, after nearly 10 years, the site has come down. Though it hadn’t been updated in a very long time, it’s still a bit sad to know that it’s gone, kind of like the ice cream shop in your home town closing up.

It was absolutely one of the biggest influences on me, on shaping who I wanted to be, on why I created this blog. If I can be a fraction as inspiring as K10K was I’d be extremely content. I have to give a big thanks to Toke, Michael and Per, the creators of K10K, and all the other contributors over the years who inspired me to do awesome things.


5 Comments Kaliber 10000, my internet beginning comes to an end

  1. Micah October 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    That’s really sad news. K10K was also my source for inspiration for a lot of years. I’m sure I’m only one of the many silent viewers who really appreciated the steady flow of design goodness that was available there. I wonder if the people involved have any idea how influential they were among the budding design population.

  2. Dan October 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I feel very much the same. I was so sad the site lay in stasis for so long before finally it was switched off. K10K and Pixelsurgeon were always my first ports of call when I started out as a digital designer and I don’t feel I’ve ever found a suitable replacement.

  3. Kate October 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Oh my gosh! I’m a little embarrassed to say that I completely forgot about K10K until coming across your screenshot in my feeds. Huge.

  4. mari October 26, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    OMG! so vintage! K10K was also my source for inspiration for a lot of years.

  5. David Diez October 30, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Exactly same feeling here.

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