The Shape of Web
Words by Shawn Lukas
It wasn’t until half-decade ago I became a student of code. Oft, oft, I’d surf the Web or poke the browser by viewing source and inspecting elements. And in good days I’d catch a few good waves, grinning and whirling between the o’l and the neo, online and offline.
So what pulled me by ear to this enriching design medium? I bite my teeth and confess that text made me do it. And if you’re a typowozniak you’ll know the deal. The zeal to treat text as UI earns a spot in your toolbox. But it wasn’t just text that did it for me.
When the weavers released some sort of sonata for the Web, among all seven keys, one note that struck me most was Universal Access. Anyone with any device of Internet shall access any content on the Web. What else is the Web for anyways—if not for sharing snippets of pink puppies devoted to sisterhood.
In turn I add fourth and fifth to my best-of list. I nail two with one and claim that no one under the sun, or even over the moon, enjoys slow web pages and fishy URLs—yet I doubt a Monk would disagree.
Eventually when one question that anyone can guess I ask when I talk to myself arise, I dare wear a smile and affirm that the Web I know of has no shape. It’s been fluid from the beginning and has adopted new terminology. The neo web is the same o’l web.
As for my best-of five listicle, that is: people, typography, universal access, performance, and URLs, I don’t really see anything else holding that top spot except the very tool that shapes our enriching medium. We are for the web and so is the web for everyone.