Excellent article, Tony. I love the two themes you brought up.
1) Design is the practice of finding the right fit for a form. Form refers to any set of boundaries, objectives, and materials. The designer takes those constraints and tries to improve a given situation.
The Golden Gate Bridge.
Based on your first image, I was certain you were going to suggest a bridge. It is both grounded and elevated. More importantly, a bridge is generous. I always have a sense of gratitude when I approach a bridge, for the shape, the solution, and the people who built it. The logo wouldn’t even have to…
Thanks, Bruno! You bring up a couple of issues that I’m going to try to tackle in the next article. My goal for this article was to present a different metaphor than “the walled garden” but we have to be very careful when applying metaphors to the web, it has a way of slipping through them.
Fantastic observation, Paul.
I’ve been noticing the same pattern, but I had been thinking about it in terms of Models, Views and Controllers. The web could be the Model. And all these highly-opinionated browsers (apps) could be the Views.
I’m so glad you researched that console!
I was going under the assumption that it was intentional, designed and installed just for the UX conference, like a riddle you have to solve before you can enter the gates. And it worked, it reminded me that UX requires more consideration than inspiration.