We have witnessed three evolutionary cycles in online interfacing: from page to app to ecology. Yet popular discourse rarely progresses beyond the first, nor our tools beyond the second.
The application of graphic design principles to the archetypal “webpage” made total sense in the Geocities Era. Grids. Composition. Color. Typography. The printed page made digital.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve witnessed the rise of rich web apps and mobile apps that form simple systems alongside the invention of the "UX Designer" to create & comprehend them.
Unfortunately, these systems don’t function in isolation. Instead, they are interwoven into an evolving and uncontrollable web of financial, administrative, cultural and communication systems interconnected by APIs and the slow, unfolding wave of digitization.
We design within complex systems without the tools or language to understand them. Context is largely invisible. Comprehension of incentive mechanisms is only skin deep. “Emergence” is a strange word. The implications of our ignorance have been on greater public display since 2016.
We need a new etymology, ontology, linguistics & ethics to comprehend and contend with the creation of these artificial ecologies. APD is a practical philosophy & proposal toward this direction.
Compare and contrast the following with the concept of Junkspace in architecture as proposed by Rem Kolhaas (https://www.are.na/block/2465976):
In the early days of the web, pages were made primarily by hobbyists, academics, and computer savvy people about subjects they were interested in. Later on, the web became saturated with commercial pages that overcrowded everything else. All the personalized websites are hidden among a pile of commercial pages. Google isn't great at finding those gems, its focus is on finding answers to technical questions, and it works well; but finding things you didn't know you wanted to know, which was the real joy of web surfing, no longer happens. In addition, many pages today are created using bloated scripts that add slick cosmetic features in order to mask the lack of content available on them. Those pages contribute to the blandness of today's web.
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There's growing opportunity to build better search as Google slowly drowns in its own algorithm
All the search engines I know look exactly the same. The next "google" will redefine and redesign what it means to interact with the internet
Small Instapaper future I would like to have:
I have found that writing down in a few words what you learned from an article can help you when coming back to an article
What if tools ask you this once you finish an article or book chapter. Maybe with a question, maybe with a review.
In this way Instapaper could also build an internal review system of articles. Basically reviewing the internet