Over 30 years ago I led a team at the UC Berkeley Libraries to use HyperCard to create a library orientation guide. This project, which we did not know at the time, formed the foundation of our web design work to follow in the early 1990s.
What saddens me is that 30 years on I don’t think we have actually made a lot of progress.
Hypermedia was a transformative idea that got its start with products like HyperCard, but then exploded around the world with the advent of the World Wide Web. No one can refute the revolutionary nature of that change.
But where is the next revolution? Is it linked data? Maybe, but we have yet to experience some really revolutionary changes in what we do or how we do it. Perhaps soon. That’s the thing about revolutions. You don’t always know it’s coming until you’re right in the middle of it. All I know, is that the next revolutionary change in our world has been a long, long time coming.