A Picture of the Web 10 Years from Now.

Since age is just a number – I was born in 1981. Now let me frame that for you. The electronics I was first introduced to as a child were about as advanced as an LCD screen could get. I remember playing my cousins handheld games; they had a couple, an awkward little football game, a very strange puzzle one and a kick-ass space game that reminded me of shooting Tie Fighters.
My first Internet was delivered to me by America Online in the form of free 30 day samples over my crappy 56K connection. It was right around when I was a freshman in high school, circa 1996. And you have to understand that the internet was a clear and distinctly different destination than the desktop of my computer. My friends mom took us out and let us buy an HTML editor. Hotdog Web Editor, if I remember correctly and for some reason that I still can’t remember we were eventually banned from AOL. So I guess we were doing something right. I’m glad that I got involved with this sector of technology at that young age. Here It’s 13 years later and I am an up-and-coming web developer. A lot has changed to put it mildly and the horizon is most exciting.
The future of the Internet is infinitely dynamic. It is who we are, a reflection of society. A stop and go HTTP request of our behaviors, relationships – the good, the bad and the ugly so to speak. Bits of us have the potential to live on forever. Across all of the data farms of the world lies fractured reflections and imprints of all those willing (and even unwilling) to contribute.
The implications of our technology is profound and I’m not even sure that people are ready or able to see this. As the future unfolds the fundamental principal of Moore’s Law (it’s exponential underpinnings) will echo through technology pushing our creation onward.
I’m not even sure that I can wrap the breadth of this concept into a blog post. For the future of web design is the future of humanity. The line between PC and web server fades daily. Distributed computing is integrated into our lives and remains directly at our sides. At the least, a large segment of people use cloud computing, even if it is only for their media. But the implications of these early phases of distribution along side of Moore’s Law alludes to a vast landscape of free flowing data.
This data will be a whole new environment. Literally. Even if only in concept it’s still a very real environment. And it will have the power to shape actual reality. For the longest time the internet was a novelty, but we are all moving part of ourselves to this environment. The internet can have real human characteristics. There are already many communities that are representative of their real life counter parts. We have teachers, just go to Wikipedia. We have musicians, just go to Spotify or Soundcloud. We have thieves, just go to a downloading site. We also have government organizations. I can go on and on about archetypes that arise amongst the pages.
Those archetypes are thing of beauty and I’ve been so inspired by it as to name my personal design brand accordingly. I am the Empirical Archetype (or at least I’m a part of it.) And that’s how I view the future of web design. Web design alone is no longer good enough. Web Design is passe, irrelevant and archaic. Good design is critical and there is no excuse for poor design. Design should be a non issue. Designing for the web should be easy enough for anyone to do it. Standards are critical on this platform and demands the bar to be set higher than ever before. Websites shouldn’t break. Ever.
The future of web design has to be unity. All of the pieces of web technologies need to harmonize so that the greatest benefit can be delivered to the average person in a no intrusive or obstructive manner. It’s time for the excuses to go. There is no room for bad architecture, artwork, content, or overall experience on the web.
Our devices are ever evolving bringing new physical interaction to computing. This all must be leveraged. To aide in human development. I’m not sure that people can even see this beyond the dollars signs that are placed on the value of target audiences available via the web. And that’s all well and good. There’s a place for commerce on the internet, however commerce isn’t the only facet of humaity, and it’s time to deliver more life to the web.
It’s hard to say how long it will take for this all to take shape. Being 31 years old my normal is “There are some folks that just don’t do technology all that much.” But my son who is, as of this post, 10 months old, will not know a world with out tablet device. So fast forward 20 years. The world will be fully interactive with the internet and at a profound level.
I could elaborate on this all so, so, so much more. There are a plethora of topics that can be paralleled to their application on the web; ethics, philosophy, social dynamics – really nearly anything that can happen to a person mentally, emotionally or spiritually can be fostered within the confines of the vast network of our internet.
This blog post is written as an entry for Yellow Bridge Interactive’s The Future of Web Design Blogging Contest.

4 thoughts on “A Picture of the Web 10 Years from Now.”

  1. Great perspective! My fave lines…. “It is who we are, a reflection of society. A stop and go HTTP request of our behaviors, relationships – the good, the bad and the ugly so to speak. Bits of us have the potential to live on forever.” Ciao!!

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