When we built pages out of HTML tables, we measured our designs to that of print. Books, magazines, posters, and so on.
With the arrival of multi-device web, it was obvious that the separation of print and interactive is very real. We can achieve e‑commerce, make connections, on a scale that a book simply cannot.
Yet, there is nothing like a book.
It’s a time capsule without need for a power supply — needing only our mind, the time to engage it, and the light on a sunny day.
I’m able to buy out-of-date design books off of web seller like an Amazon or eBay, just as easily I could loan a book from a designer friend.
Yet, we seem to be constantly looking for the next alternative.
Even a small number of years removed from their deletion, we can never know whether how big the collection was. All we know is its absence like the great Library of Alexandria.
Soon Spring arrives. I would prefer to think about ways in which we are preserving our digital work — the good stuff and the mistakes—for the next generation of web designers
It is not about passing on monuments of ourselves, but it is an honest hope that they learn from our mistakes rather than repeat them.
What the answers to these questions: How are we preserving our digital work? What happens to this online work when we pass away? Can this Internet archive survive the same amount of time as a simple book?