This is a live blog of the keynote presentation “Designing the Sustainable Web” by The Standardistas at DrupalCon London.
Surveying the Landscape
We’re going to look to the past a little to map our way to the future.
Proliferating Devices – we’re no longer just browsing the web on our desktops. We should have been designing for these devices all along. We have phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and really old phones. When we bring that together – it poses a number of challenges.
Changing Contexts – we consume the web anywhere. We’re not tied to our desks anymore.
Content Shifting – how we’re presenting content is changing as well – we can Instapaper it to read later without distractions. We might start to read something on our desktop, continue on our phone on the way home, pick up the tablet at the door and print it out for granny who doesn’t have a computer.
So how do we confront this challenge?
The Secret Formula! – It’s not about sprinkles… or the latest trends…. our latest css3 coolness isn’t the issue. They are just the icing.
It’s the Fundamentals! – hierarchy, typography, semantics, device independence and openness.
None of this is new… they all date back to 1990… and even further – all the way to Gutenberg.
The Iceberg Metaphor: We need to care about what’s above AND below the waterline.
The Markup Timeline
HTML5 offers new semantics, device independent open markup that lasts. HTML is a design element.
The presenters went through the same timeline for typography, grid systems, etc.- very interesting…
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