This Website Design, The Swirling Void

Posted on: April 16th, 2005 7:26 AM GMT

Topic: tech, web design, philosophical

The website design you're looking at right now may not necessarily be the website design I'm talking about, because from my point of view as I write this I don't know when your right now is. I might change the CSS layout file that controls this website's design within the next two years, in which case you'll be looking at this information through a different visual scheme. Or you may be reading this through some intermediary source over which I have no visual control. Heck, you may be listening to this text for all I know.

In any case, I like the visual design this website has right now. I've had this basic scheme for a couple years now, but I just changed it and for some reason I like it, and I think I know why. In fact, I like it in a way where I don't even care if other people like it, because it mimics certain aspects of the universe of information in which we live that I think are interesting.

What is that, you ask? If you surf the web with your browser's viewport much narrower than 850 pixels, you might not have noticed that there are subtle details in the margins, or as I like to call it, the "deep space field" surrounding the content. We think of ourselves and the things we know as "the center", and the perceived silence beyond ourselves as "the void", yet the void is really a swirling universe of unseen information that is just as connected to us as the words we speak and the thoughts we think. That information is connected to our lives just like the details in these margins alter the way I see this design.

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