This marks our fourth time running the survey. It's hard to believe it's already been three years since we started this project! To celebrate the occasion, let's take a quick walk through memory lane…
Or if you're in a hurry, just take the survey right now!
While the weird pink-and-teal color scheme hasn't stuck around, a few signature characteristics of the State of JS surveys were already present from the start.
We already had that minimalist, "brutalist" aesthetic with monospaced fonts and flat colors; and we also had our five-option question format for every library question ("never heard of it", "want to learn it", "not interested", "would use again", "wouldn't use again"). From the start, the goal was not just to measure current popularity, but whether people actually enjoyed using each library.
This first edition was very successful, with over 9000 responses to the survey.
2017 went even further in the "weird color scheme" direction with a daring purp'-and-yellow palette (what can I say, I was listening to Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg at the time).
But we had much more than purely visual changes. Even though this was only the second edition ever, we had an amazing 28,000 developers fill out the survey!
2018 is the year we hit our visual stride with a periodic table motif that was pretty well received.
We also switched to a dark theme, which made the charts and graphs stand out even more.
Another big change on the technical front is that we're now using our own home-grown survey platform. We just outgrew the form service we were using previously, and this will let us tailor our UI to the surveys even more in the future.