As UX patterns become more expected from/ engrained in us, I think we lose sight of what a website can be. I wonder what possibilities I would see in an empty screen years ago, when I had no past web experiences and interactions. I would probably think of the screen in relation to physical actions and objects– as the first UX designers did by using skeuomorphic design. And as outdated as that is now, I wonder if it’s dangerous to let go of it entirely. Everyone engaged in technology has learned a new language of icons, buttons, etc. As that language becomes more defined, it’s harder and harder to add new ideas. While coding websites, I’ve wondered if the decisions I make are fueled by my own logic, or are just a reflection of the countless websites I’ve seen. How can I incorporate these recognized UX patterns, while still creating my own space with a unique rule system?