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  • Unmodern Web | Philosophy


    unmodern (n.)

    not modern, old-fashioned

    The idea behind the Unmodern Web is to create and use modern tools alongside the philosophy and mindset of the early web. Rather than follow the current modern philosphies of web design, such as heavy JavaScript frameworks and single-page applications, unmodern websites strive for simplicity and straightforwardness by working alongside the way the web was originally designed.

    This is not, however, to say that unmodern websites avoid modern features. In fact, quite the contrary — unmodern sites are encouraged to employ cutting-edge CSS and JavaScript where it has sufficient browser support. What matters is the underlying design philosophy, which stresses straightforward implementations built on basic browser technologies and the use of libraries that extend those technologies rather than override them.


    How do I get started?

    The Unmodern Web is fundamentally a philosophy, rather than any specific framework or library. However, there are a number of awesome projects that exemplify that philosophy.