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What’s your internet? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

What’s your internet?

13 points at ten15am

Just came across a great post from Noisy Decent Graphics about his internet. I have nothing to add but a copy + paste the whole thing. Once I get to work this morning I’m going to print it out and pin it up on my board. Until then no image – you can read the full post of his at

Here’s My Internet, it’s not finished so feel free to add your own in the comments.

1. My Internet doesn’t use flash, evahhh. Unless it’s a video, and then only for video.

2. My Internet prefers html text wherever possible.

3. My Internet lets me use my email address or my usual username as a username. It doesn’t give me one or make me create a new one.

4. My Internet lets me use a password entirely of my own choosing. It doesn’t make me add numbers or Capitals wH3re I don’t want them.

5. My Internet values simplicity and clarity over almost everything else.

6. My Internet prefers tools that I’m familiar with like Flickr, YouTube, iTunes, Google etc. It doesn’t reinvent convention for the sake of it.

7. My Internet has a screen resolution of 1024×768. Today. As I write this. That will change sooner than you think.

8. My Internet has absolute urls for everything.

9. My Internet may not have exactly the same colours as My Printed Matter.

10. If My Internet was forced to choose between speed and visual lushness, speed would win easily.

11. My Internet has no back, forward or print buttons. That’s what My Browser is for.

12. My Internet has contact details clearly accessible right from the word go.

13. My Internet will not work for everyone, everywhere, always, at the same time, all the time. It will especially not work for CEO’s Aunties.”

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  • abartelby

    I could not have composed a more perfectly accurate list for my own internet. Thanks for finding and sharing this.

  • Ben

    Wow. That looks great, thanks Michael.

  • Dan

    “My Internet doesn’t use flash” do you not like/use flash websites?

  • Tess

    Great post Michael! I say, couldnt there be a Simple Design Approval certificate or something for every single website that follows these principles? Or make a poll out of this or something, generate some enduser leverage? Wow. Going over to Noisy Decent Graphics to compliment them in turn. Thanks for pointing this out!

    Kind regards,


    PS @ Dan: Flash always takes more time to load then normal HTML, so if you like principle 10, you know how you feel about Flash (quick! quick! where's the “skip intro” button! and turn of sound so I don't annoy the hell out of my colleagues!)

  • Tess

    PPS (back from Noisy Decent) : My Internet does not open Adobe Reader without asking me!

    Clarity, peace, serenity… (Big Girls don't cry) (well, actually, they DO)

    (I like how you printed the list and put up a pic)

  • Chris

    i FWD'd a link to this article to my coworkers. one of them responded:

    “1. My Internet doesn’t use flash, evahhh. Unless it’s a video, and then only for video.”

    What an idiotic dinosaur! He condemns animation but embraces video? This outmoded old codger needs to see the internet for what it is: a means to transmit all kinds and types of information and media. If animation has no place in his internet, then type reversed out of orange highlights has no place in mine!

    so, what do you say, michael? are you a CODGER? heh heh.

  • games

    This article I so true, keep on writing like this, enjoyment to read :) 778