Posts Categorized: Interfaces

Michael Heim – The Erotic Ontology of Cyberspace

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Flammarion engraving illustrates how cyberspace is a platonic experience.

Michael Heim wrote a book in 1993 called “The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality” and one chapter in particular strongly affected my relation to the internet and my desire to make it my play/work ground since about 10 years now. This article was called “The Erotic Ontology of Cyberspace”. You can still find the original here,… Read more »

3D on the web: has the time arrived?

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A few years ago, we did experiments in 3D on the web using the VRML technology. A heavy argument was a hefty 5 megs plugin to install, and only on Internet Explorer. No mac, no firefox, no nothing. VRML is now a almost forgotten technology and it seemed no one saw a reason to pursue… Read more »

Helpdesk

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I find this hilarious video quite a good description of what mindshift us UI designers we need to help people like my mum make (hi mum,no offense :) ):

The IBM glass engine

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Try this amazingly clever interface to consult the music of Philip Glass: The IBM glass engine The interface automatically centers itself to display only the relevant information. You just drag sliders depicting the available information as spectrums. This allows for navigation according to sound, historical data, track genre, etc. AMAZING

Launchy: The Open Source Keystroke Launcher for Windows

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Launchy: The Open Source Keystroke Launcher for Windows Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few… Read more »

Experiencing Experience

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I thought my readers might enjoy a good read about user experience. Here is a very interesting article about user experience, from a phenomenologistic point of view, by Tom Guarriello, which might give you a a killer argument the next time your marketing manager burst into your office using the buzzword “user experience” every two… Read more »

javascript / flash file upload and progressbar widget

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jqUploader: jQuery plugin for file upload and progressbar, has been updated ! jqUploader is a jquery plugin that substitutes html file input fields with a flash-based file upload widget, allowing to display a progressbar and percentage. The plugin uses the form action attribute value (normally pointing to a server side script handling the upload and… Read more »

Timeline

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SIMILE | Timeline Timeline is a DHTML-based AJAXy widget for visualizing time-based events. It is like Google Maps for time-based information. Below is a live example that you can play with. Pan the timeline by dragging it horizontally. Impressive what you can do with javascript these days!

 

the spirit.

The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural, and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good. Richard Saul Wurman