The future of web design is hidden in the history of architecture

Superb picturesque post by Mike Sall.

The history of Western architecture can teach us a lot about the evolution of web design. As forms of art, both are defined by several factors:

  1. They serve as places where other people go.
  2. They’re engineered to do this pragmatic job.
  3. The evolution of technology limits this engineering.
  4. And yet, they’re definitely still art.

Within these constraints, both have progressed along remarkably similar paths, building on the past and reacting to it in similar ways. If you want to know where web design is heading, just look at where architecture has already gone.

History of architecture has so much to offer…


2 Responses to “The future of web design is hidden in the history of architecture”

  1. MS Says:

    Came here after reading your BigData/India post…again we have to ask, why this Eurocentrism in viewing both Architecture and Web Design? Doesn’t the rest of the world have concepts on either? Isn’t the concept of Zen Minimalist clean architectural lines reflected in iphone and more specifically in Web2.0 pioneer Ruby language (incidentally most famous in Japan) ? Isn’t the resuability concepts in Web APIs directly reflective of a Chinese and Indian earthiness ? How about viewing massive monolithic systems of earlier era as inspired by Soviet architecture ?

    Maybe a better informed expert can analyze further, but the current Eurocentrism is grating

    • Amol Agrawal Says:

      Hi MS, I couldnt agree more. I just add interesting articles to read and have no expertise on moat matters.

      It just slipped off my mind to add the eurocentrism. Indian architecture too has so much to offer. Pity we hardly get to read anything much about it. As a result, one has to deal with gothic etc.

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