A convincing 3D Web Page uses multi-modal content and presentation.
Our brains create useable, practical sensations of real world “depth” by integrating signals from multiple senses, each of which, alone, are in some sense “flat”:
The computer screen, on which a web page is displayed, is also flat: a physical, two-dimensional surface. But on this surface we can successfully project multiple informational feeds. And our brains can integrate these feeds into a convincing sensation of depth and dimension.
So how do we create a successful 3D Web Page? Does it require the use of stereo glasses? Not necessarily. A convincing 3D Web Page uses multi-modal content and presentation.
Conditions for Successful 3D Web Page Depth Perception
- Multi-modal Content: TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Sound / Music
- Video / Animation
- Art / News
- Multi-Modal time: BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Multi-modal presentation: TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Insets / Embeds / Captions
- Banners / Footers
- Multi-Modal Navigation: THE FOLLOWING:
- Ability to “drill down” into a page for information without losing track of the start point from which one began
- Planar, rather than linear, “cookie crumbs”