Today's browsers are rigid. Websites are arranged in one-dimensional tabs and browser history is expressed through plain lists and a linear back-and-forth.
Flux is an experimental web browser that rethinks the browser as a spatial tool and explores interactions and expressions that emerge with it.
|Context||Fluid Assemblages course at Umeå Institute of Design, December 2021|
|Tutors||Heather Wiltse, Christoffel Kuenen|
|Execution||Prototypes and Chrome extension built with React|
Websites as fluid elements
In Flux, websites are treated as fluid, changing elements. This mental model allowed the exploration of different interactions based on metaphors.
One of the shortcomings of today's browsers is the browser history. Navigating back and forth between sites is linear and tracing back where we're coming from is difficult.
The browser as an API
What if the canvas was exposed as an API to both the user and the website? What if not only the user could interact with the canvas, but websites could do the same? This way, individual websites and platforms could offer rich, contextual actions which could take advantage of the browser's spatial features.
This project is inspired and build upon ideas from other projects such as 'The web browser as a tool for thought', Rauno Freiberg's tweet about browsing on a spatial canvas and spatial platforms such as sprout.place.