Stability, Consistency, Reliability, and Dependability
In order for us to navigate the virtual world effectively, we need consistent points of access that don’t shift with each new update. To be able to grow and prosper, communities need a foundation of security and predictability.
2Symbolic, relatable, and readable Information about the space behind the portals, both within and across virtual environments, must be widely legible at these points of entry and exit. As a result, a whole new set of material behaviours, graphics, and signs will have to be developed and implemented across all points of entry.
SHARED, NETWORKED, AND INTERCONNECTED
There must be interconnectivity and consistency in the portals to virtual environments, so that they appear the same to all virtual residents. If we want to understand a group of people as a community, we must all see the world through the same set of eyes.
ACCURATE, DISCLAIMER-FREE, TRANSPARENT
New and less transparent forms of inequality and discrimination will be possible in virtual environments. Access to virtual environments can be restricted or denied based on biometric data and other personal information. We need to create systems that make discrimination in the virtual world visible so that it can be addressed.
CIVIC, PUBLIC, COMMUNAL
When it comes to our virtual walks, browsers are the unquestionable starting point for everything. From the beginning, we’ve already entered the commercial realm because most browsers are owned and operated by for-profit corporations. The means of transportation must serve the citizens of a given community.
SUSTAINABLE 6CHEAP, EFFICIENT, AFFORDABLE
Our virtual journeys must be as energy-efficient as possible, so that we don’t waste time and money on unnecessary calculations and recalculations. Citizens of the virtual world should be informed of the virtual environment’s environmental impact when they enter.
AWARENESS, ACCESSIBILITY, COMPATIBILITY
The hyperlink is essential to the current state of the World Wide Web, which has been accessed primarily in its flat form via computer monitors. As we enter the virtual world, the blue-underlined text and button-like graphic take on a new dimension. As a result, these portals must be built on protocols that allow information to be exchanged and used across different spaces.
WOVEN, THREADED, INTERLINKED GARMENT
Virtual environment portals must be able to convey their interconnectedness by displaying links to other locations and revealing the knitted network to which they belong. Our only three-dimensional reference point, the built environment, must be reflected in the design of these portals. Fabric serves as a versatile tool, a warm metaphor, and a blank canvas on which to paint ideas.