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nicholas maddren
nicholas maddren
12,793 Points

Your thoughts on 3D dimensions and the web?

I have been watching the future of web design conferences in London. A very interesting talk popped up about how networks are changing the world around us and what we might expect in the future. The presenter mentioned that we as designers and developers seem to build our foundations on older techniques of presentation such as print, he mentioned that a website is just a linking of pages just like a news paper. That really got me thinking. In theory a standard website functions the same as a news paper and the layout is pretty much the same. With this great technology we really don't push it as far as we should.

After watching that conference it really got me thinking, what could we do to personalize the internet and make us feel unique on it. For example we add JQuery and other interactive feature's to breath a bit of life into our static pages. We as designers/developers add shadows, layers, parallax effects, animations and videos to give a real physical feel to our 2 dimensional pages to try and squeeze a real world feel out of them. I don't mean to go off track but the gaming industry has boomed, for example the newest Grand Theft Auto is practically a virtual world, where people can interact and share. The reason I mentioned the game Grand Theft Auto was because it creates a real world feel, it is a physics engine that lets you do things in a simulator which resemble the world around you. Back to my point, I feel like we as humans like to project real world elements into our virtual world as it's only natural.

So down to the question if I haven't bored you as of yet, do you feel the internet will one day evolve from this 2 dimensional world of endless pages? When our technology has evolved will we be browsing in a 3 dimensional view port? It only seems right as we seem to be shaping the internet the way our real world is shaped, for example we love social interactions over the web because of the fact it makes us feel connected, it makes us feel as if this simple network of file exchanging is more than that. I feel like a 3 dimensional world on the web will open more possibilities and more importantly improve peoples connections with businesses and each other? Thanks for listening let me know your thoughts :)

I would like to think so. I'd like to see a holographic web from my iPhone lol.

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Gildo Santana
Gildo Santana
3,184 Points

The 2D model works well, in my opinion. I believe virtual reality is great for games/play/fun, but maybe it is not the best solution for more serious purposes. Imagine, for instance, that you want to buy a vacuum cleaner. You could go to a store and have to deal with the lack of a good way to compare the options,which probably wouldn't be many, and possibly a pushy sales person. Or you could go online and have a great experience comparing prices, reviews, specs. In that sort of scenario, I think a simulation of reality, or even a more convenient version of a real store would be much less appealing to most people.


Btw, are you familiar with the work of Jaron Lanier? If not, I believe you would find his work very interesting..