He is looking back at the past of the internet to learn lessons for its future. From the introduction:
You won’t find any code in here to help you build better websites. But you will find ideas and approaches. Ideas are more resilient than code. I’ve tried to combine the most resilient ideas from the history of web design into an approach for building the websites of the future.
I also appreciate that the book is “This is a web book, designed to be read on the web (with or without an internet connection).” It is certainly “of” the web.
Great, inspiring talk by Mike Monterio about working with contracts. He has his lawyer present with him at the talk, which is helpful.
What I find inspirational is not really the idea of using contracts (legal stuff, but absolutely necessary), but the idea that a designer should have confidence in their place in a client/designer relationship. Designers too often assume the role of the “bottom”, and they don’t need to.