What I Like About Web Design

Accessibility, Web Design, Origins  |   2021

The web was incepted as a democratized network of information that was intended to be freely accessible to anyone seeking it. I like the web as a Design medium due to its democratic nature and appreciate it for being a human-made system with all its flaws, discrepancies and quirks. The best example I can think of would be the named colors in HTML.

Any browser in the world will recognize a number of obscure colors Alice Blue, Mint Cream, Thistle, Burly Wood, Gainsboro, Blanched Almond, and Misty Rose. These hues were decided by unnamed developers in unknown rooms who knows how long ago, and they still work today. I think this represents one of the most important aspects of the web. Which is your favorite? 

One person can create a framework, a system, a method, an application, a custom property, and it could become internationally standardized or never seen or heard of again. *This* is how design happens. It's constantly changing or improving or degrading and no one knows what's really happening and it's great.

Design evolves by incremental improvements and influences. The internet facilitates design evolution by connecting thoughts and ideas faster than ever before; and it does this with all of the quirks, flaws, and idiosyncrasies of the most disorderly systems that humanity could. 

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