Designing for the future Web. That?s a big subject. Where do we start when we?re talking about something that isn?t here yet?
In this article, we?ll look at what the future Web might look like and how we can adapt our current skills to this new environment, as well as how to create fluid websites that are built around a consistent core and that adapt to the limitations and features of the device on which they are viewed. We?ll also look at how our conceptual approach to designing websites should evolve: designing from the simplest design upwards, and not from the richest website down.
But before we get to that, let?s start with a question. What do we mean by the ?future Web?? The one word that I hear more than any other at the moment is Mobile websites, mobile devices, mobile apps: the list seems to go on and on. In fact, a large swell of opinion says that the future of Web is mobile.
But despite all this, focusing just on mobile isn?t the answer. The way we access the Internet is changing, of that we can be certain. And in the short term, this does mean more mobile devices. But in the long term, we have to look a little wider. Thomas Husson, senior analyst for Forrester, summed it up nicely in his report when he said, ?The term mobile will mean a lot more than mobile phones.? In the long term, the word we should use instead of mobile is portability.