Infomesh: 30 Years of the Open Web

Explore thirty years of the Open Web through interactive visualizations and timelines — created in collaboration with ECAL, Wikimedia and the Internet Archive.


Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


May 17, 2019 12:00 pm - November 01, 2019 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Information Mesh is a web platform celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web that explores social, technical, cultural and legal facts throughout interactive timelines and visualizations. The project was realized by Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne. The project began in October 2018 during a one-week workshop in partnership with swissnex San Francisco, where students visited key partners and began developing the project.

The timelines present an overview of Web history, starting with the proposal for hypertext by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989, initially under the name “Information Mesh.” From this start date, users can then explore 30 years of evolution.

The project made its debut as part of the “Future of the Open Web” track of the Web Conference in San Francisco on May 16, 2019. For its inaugural run, a special exhibition edition has been created for display at the swissnex Gallery, but the project lives online 24 hours a day at

For opening hours, visit our Gallery page.

Infomesh Team

ECAL Faculty

Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio, Laura Perrenoud, Tibor Udvari, Pietro Alberti

swissnex Team

Benjamin Bollmann, Mary Ellyn Johnson, Eryk Salvaggio

ECAL Students

Al Zouabi Alfatih, Becheras Diane, Bisseck Iyo, Boulenaz Jonathan, Breithaupt Kevin, Chenaux Maëlle, Matos Sébastien, Mouthon Bastien, Palauqui Mathieu, Sassoli De Bianchi Luca, Simmen Guillaume, Virág Tamara, Vogel Nathan, Zibaut Anouk


Volker Eckl and Jan Gerlach, Wikimedia Foundation.
Amir Saber Esfahani, Internet Archive.
With the support of the Canton of Vaud.

swissnex Salon

The ECAL study group was part of the swissnex Salon, a series of activities exploring the impact of technology on fundamental societal values drawn from the preamble of the Swiss Constitution. This project playfully examines the Utopian idealism at the heart of the Web, reconnecting us to the original optimism surrounding these communication technologies with a critical engagement regarding where we have arrived today. This presents an opportunity to return a collective focus on how we might bring the human back to the center of innovation.