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August 21, 2007

Thinking out of the [screensize] box

Although the prospect of 3D visualisation is still dim, we unnecessarily limit ourselves too much to the two dimensions of the computer screen. On the one hand the use of perspective could be greatly improved; for some reason most websites are still hieroglyph-style. On the other hand animation could be used to enhance not so much the navigation but the actual perception of a sites content.

I therefore propose to use previews like in Coverflow (as known from Apple's iTunes):

flipbook.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
Check out this coverflow demo in flash.

Not only can you present to contents from multiple pages (in this case covers), but also browsing is improved and you can lure people to places, where they might not go directly (see the question mark).

[update: now a demo for the VIRVIE-website]

Another example is actually more 'thinking inside a box'; see the desktop prototype Bumptop. I find the use of 'walls' especially interesting. I wonder if this actually makes you think lateral...

Posted by Almar at August 21, 2007 04:53 PM