By Doug Logan
The future of the web is bright, but what will it look like?
Star Trek, Star Wars and every other sci-fi movie paint the future with spaceships, teleportation and space stations the size of planets. But I am not trying to be so lofty to predict the future of space travel; I am just taking a moment to ponder the future of the web.
We have come a long way from 14.4kbps modems and large pricey desktop PC's. We now have the web available on our phones, in our eyewear and even on the fridge.
So what does the future of the web look like?
I have no idea. Nobody does. Which ledes me to my point: the way we use the internet will continue to evolve into more useful (and some not so useful) applications and there really isn't much we can do about it.
One thing is clear. Mobile is on the rise and soon there may be more mobile devices connected to the web than desktops. The rise of mobile (and tablets) ledes to the need for things like responsive design (think mobile first) which allows websites to scale to meet the screen dimensions of the device that is displaying it (like this site, go ahead give it a try).
Simple is beautiful and necessary.
The style of the web, much like the style of fashion, changes on a regular basis. More and more we are seeing websites with simple layouts and visual elements. Most recently, Apple has adopted this style in the latest version of its mobile operating system. There are a lot of reasons for this change. But the one that may not be as apparent is necessity. Mobile devices and tablets typically run on slower processors and spottier connections, yet today's on-the-go consumer demands a fast and easy-to-use experience when they are using the web on one of these devices.
So where do we go from here? It's simple. Responsively designed websites are definitely the way to go for today, but we need to be ready for much more change down the road. Hopefully that road continues to lede to useful implementations of the web and less distracting ones. Now, excuse me as I go check Facebook on my fridge...
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