Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Are Your GUI 'Telling' Skills Stunted

I have only picked one tiny part of Bret Victor's fantastic paper on Information Software & the Graphical Interface to illustrate the challenges but as you will see from the contents page extract below Bret sets us some real challenges to 'perceived' wisdom and I think provides a glimpse into a future we should be running towards.  For the full paper click here...

Because the child’s “telling” skills are underdeveloped, he communicates complex concepts throughshowing. Similarly, a GUI’s stunted grammar makes telling tedious, but software’s dynamic display is ideal for showing. A user can specify context by pointing somewhere on an information graphic and saying, “There!”

What is software?
Graphic design
Changing the world

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