What would happend if we would experience content through the same design? How does the experience of the web change, when we only have two CSS rules for all the internet?


Through this project, I tried to establish 1 (it ended up being two) CSS rules that would apply to ever single content on the web. Subsequently, I quickly decided to add a rule for link, since they are so important for how the web functions.

Through this project, I wish to explore how rules in design change the way we experience or interact with a particular content. Mostly, I just wished to see how ridiculous (yes! ridiculous  the idea of a completely universal design was. More than anything, I wished to examine up to what extent we could push this idea and in what ways it would fail.

Here it is, 2 CSS rules for the whole internet:

html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe,
h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre,
a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code,
del, dfn, em, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp,
small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var,
b, u, i, center,
dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li,
fieldset, form, label, legend,
table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td,
article, aside, canvas, details, embed,
figure, figcaption, footer, header, hgroup,
menu, nav, output, ruby, section, summary,
time, mark, audio, video {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0;
font-size: 100%;
font: inherit;
vertical-align: baseline;
color: green;
text-decoration: none;
display: inline-block;
float: left;
border: solid 1px rgba(0,255,0, 0.1);

a {
color: yellow;

The problem with his particular instance is that, in order for it to actually start working as a way to browser the internet, I would need to dedicate a couple more hours towards developing the rules in it and seeing how the work. Perhaps, also developing some more rule sets that could be tested out. But, this is really not relevant to what I’m doing with my thesis… so I’ll just procrastinate it!

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