The world wide web
The internet, originally a tool used for the purposes of academic, military and scientific advances has become a major part of our day to day lives since the early 1990’s. As technology continues to progress, more and more people have started to adopt the use of the internet. In that time, the web continues to grow in Social Connectivity as well as its Degree of information Connectivity, specifically Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and now the Meta Web which consists of the internet of things.
The second generation of the read/write web which became the standard in the late 1990’s focused on user applications and services which were used to promote social contentedness, user created content, media and information sharing as well as the ability to support collaboration among individuals and organisations. This brought about the rise of many of the social media websites we now use on a daily basis such as Facebook and Twitter and user-generated sites like blogs and wikis.
Despite there not being a formal technical specification by the World Wide Web Consortium, Web 2.0 changed the way in how web pages were designed, developed and used. A different approach in visual styles was adopted which included the use of gradients, reflections, colorful icons, an increase in text sizes, as well as the use of drop shadows.
Web 3.0, also known as the Semantic Web can be described as a smarter web due to its used of semantics and adoption of artificial intelligence. The use of AI and semantics serves the benefit of knowing what content the user wants to see and how they want to see it, in the hopes of saving time and maximizing efficiency. For example, the Google app on iOS and Android bring up relevant information such as news and weather, often times without you even having to search for it.
The semantic web provides a common framework which allows data to be shared and reused across applications and community backgrounds. Adding onto Web 1.0 & 2.0, Web 3.0 uses the read/write and execute, it connects existing data between users and connects knowledge.
Although Web 2.0 was a major step forward which seemed to provide everything we’d hoped the internet to be, it lacked intelligence, and so Web 3.0 was born.
Not an entirely new concept, Web 4.0 is an alternate version of Web 3.0 which was evolved in order to allow the web to be adapted to mobile surroundings, it connects all the devices in real time, despite them existing in the real and virtual world. It connects intelligence.
The next generation of the internet is very transparent in the sense that it shows us exactly where we are and what the next stage of evolution should bring us. While still in development Web 5.0 can be described as the environment where all aspects are holographic, including senses. This allows for the emotional interaction between humans and computers and as a result, we now interact with this technology using our emotions such as facial recognition technologies.
Information Architecture? Building blocks.
In short, Information Architecture (IA) is all around us, it can be described as the websites that we use, the apps and software we download. IA helps us form a foundation for user experience, it helps us understand our surroundings and find what we are looking for, both in the real world as well as the virtual world.
You may be asking, how is this related to user experience design (UX), and why is it important? User experience designers are using IA ideas everyday, through tasks such as content strategy, technical writing and interaction design.
The goal of IA is to:
- Create a website that is simple and easy to use
- Create a website that has its information laid out in a easy