reinventing the web browser
as software and applications have advanced, i think the one thing that hasn’t advanced the way it should is the web browser.
if you put safari, chrome and firefox next to each other, aside from subtle differences, they all pretty much look the same. and, they all pretty much give the user the same web browsing experience.
a bar across the top, tabs, minimize buttons, boring, boring, boring.
i think the web browser should be more visual. it should offer the user multiple sources of information with minimal clicking, and it should be constantly adapting to how the user is using the application.
in the past, i’ve talked about a curated web browsing experience and as time has gone by i’ve come to believe in it’s importance. if there was a set way that webpages were viewed, like on an ipad, it would be a better experience for the users, designers and developers alike.
with all that said, i put together a mock-up of what i think the web browser should look like.
it always takes up the whole screen, with the page you’re currently viewing at front and center displayed at a fixed width. tabs are now open pages on the left. social media is always streaming on the right. backgrounds and foregrounds lighten and darken as the user interacts with the browser. navigation adapts and slides into place.
this is how i want to experience the web.