The graphical browser turned 20 years old last year. NCSA Mosaic supported 256 colors images in gif format using the newly minted img tag. Designed as a project to structure and share academic content, The World Wide Web quickly evolved into a distribution hub for designs intended for the printed page. Static designs and image assets were downsampled and placed online as additional output.
The web browser of this decade has reversed this workflow — the web now pulls larger audiences and elicits greater design attention. As a rendering engine, the browser itself can display live type and shapes with output almost indistinguishable from print-based tools. APIs
The recent advances in the web browser are so robust, that it has become my go-to tool in developing almost any project. Working within an IDE
And as it turns out, this pleasure and discovery translates to more everyday design problems: flyers, posters, and books. Creating designs through the manipulation of text and numbers provides real-time feedback in the browser — leading to many unexpected visual and programmatic outcomes found in this book.
— John Caserta