Utopia uses design principles of the De Stijl and exists to represent the harmony and transition of De Stijl’s utopian goals to the world wide web. Virtues of the De Stijl utopia were not successful in the past, but the translation of their ideals to the internet continue to be successful and remain intact.


The   of the early 20th century sought to suggest balance and unity in society through design. and other founding members of the movement were idealists who wanted to convey the notion of utopia through their design practice by reducing forms down to their essential characteristics and colors. Vertical and horizontal lines as well as the restriction of color exemplified these goals. Though ambitious, the movement was not successful in achieving universal equilibrium, however, the goals of the movement transitioned into today’s society by means of the internet.

The internet is a utopia that creates a universal language that is completely democratic. The internet was created to promote unity and communication in case of war, similar to how the De Stijl movement was a response to the anxiety Europe faced prior to World War II. The virtues of the internet are utopian ideals in themselves. Alexander Galloway, in his book Protocol, defined the structural characteristics of the internet design as robustness, pantheism, contingency, Interoperability, flexibility, and heterogeneity. Though these are terms relating to the way the internet works, they can be applied out of context to define the utopian characteristics of the internet and to compare them to the ideals of the De Stijl movement.