The Origins of the Web


Vannevar Bush


As We May Think
Atlantic Monthly, July 1945

Thereafter, at any time, when one of these items is in view, the other can be instantly recalled merely by tapping a button below the corresponding code space. Moreover, when numerous items have been thus joined together to form a trail, they can be reviewed in turn, rapidly or slowly, by deflecting a lever like that used for turning the pages of a book. It is exactly as though the physical items had been gathered together from widely separated sources and bound together to form a new book. It is more than this, for any item can be joined into numerous trails

Memex and Beyond Web Site


User requirements


Conventional spaces


The Web is rapidly developing diagrammatic conventions, genres, expert communities, fashions, and all the paraphernalia of any new design medium. What are the conventions of the following classes of website?

Newspaper conventions

Product manufacturers


Arts organisations



Search engines and Portals


Web site maps


Dynamic Diagrams


Apple Computer

A user-adaptable view of relations

The Information Space


Information Architects


NIH "evidence-based" usability guidelines

Webmonkey tutorial

The Information Architecture Guide

Information Architecture reading list

Internetworking Newsletter

They talk the talk, do they walk the walk?

A current favourite:

Steve Krug - Don't Make me Think

Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
by Steve Krug