Placeholder.com started life in 2010 as Placehold.it and was built by Seattle-based UX designer Brent Spore. It looked a little like this back then:-
London-based Quality Nonsense Ltd acquired the site in March 2017, and rebranded it to Placeholder.com a few weeks later.
Today, the site serves a whopping 1+ billion placeholder images each and every month.
In fact, the volume of images served each month was so vast by 2017, that the image CDN service sponsoring us started complaining about the load on their service!
(Apparently, Placeholder.com was the 10th biggest site using their CDN network, a few places behind one of the world’s most popular social networks.)
We took a tough decision: to roll our own image CDN setup, which is what we use today to deliver lightening fast placeholder images to designers across the globe.
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