Robin Rendle: Do you remember the first time you opened Google Maps? The first time when the interface zoomed out and you gasped as it revealed your hometown on the globe as a tiny blip? Did you smile when you were then thrown back down towards the earth, back onto the street where you grew up and you could see your family’s car in the driveway?
It was a shocking revelation for me; the browser, almost overnight, had changed from a series of hyperlinked documents to a wildly intelligent and complex operating system.
I only mention this because I had the same feeling when, a few months ago, I was introduced to Figma. It’s a design tool that’s completely based in the browser and it has a number of exciting features for designers. My favourite is Multiplayer, where you can invite other folks into the doc you’re working on and see their changes live as they make them.
This isn’t an ad in disguise or anything, I just wanted to think about that rare feeling I get when suddenly I recognise the browser is capable of so much more than I originally believed. Every once in a while there’s a new feature or app or site that pushes the technologically boundary by a single pixel, and each month we get to contribute to that nudge.
Every nudge is an experiment, a push to make the web a weird and vibrant place. But it’s important to note that, no matter how small, each nudge counts.