I want more web
This article was written in 2013. It might or it might not be outdated. And it could be that the layout breaks. If that’s the case please let me know.
We’ve always known that the web has as many appearances as it has visitors. Until recently we’ve lazily ignored this fact and tried to cast the fluid essence of the web into the fixed mold. We tried to tame the very thing that makes the web so interesting: its unpredictability in appearance. I believe that artists, not designers, could contribute to grasping this part of the web, to control its many appearances without ignoring its nature.
All research right now is so functional. A more conceptual approach of the different layers that make the visual web – content, typography, layout, paint – could help us in finding new solutions. It could open up new ways that we could never have thought of in our highly function driven society. Technical inventions have always influenced art, and art has always influenced society. I really want artists to get highly involved in the web, to use and explore the new techniques we have, and help us understand why and how we make things better.