January 24, 2007

The value of an Analogy

I use 'real life' architecture as an analogy for the work that I do online. I use it to explain things on the one hand, but on the other try to convey the impact architecture can (and should) have on human beings. The analogy is often dismissed because the web is believed to have many more dimensions and be capable of realizing very different effects. However, the common denominator in both situations remains 'the human being'; the limits of the brain and natural human behavior determine your outcomes. So 'real life' is a very good reference point and architecture just happens to be one of the oldest and most influential manifestations of human existence.

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Posted by Almar at 10:34 PM

December 21, 2005

Virreal is plural

I want to stress the multi-dimensional assets of a virreal. Like a building in the real world you experience it in multiple (both intended and unintended) ways. Passing by is as much an experience as entering. So seeing a link to a site in search result without clicking it, is like passing by that virreal. Also, a virreal should (preferably) exist of more than one, related, URL's. For example the street(name) can be as telling as the building that is in it.

Posted by Almar at 08:43 PM

June 26, 2005

Hong Kong light show - a virreal?

The interaction between the skyscrapers in Hong Kong during the daily lightshow adds a dimension to these buildings, that by all means can stand alone.
Being part of the light show makes them even more special than they already are. Just as being part of the skyline both defines the city of Hong Kong and the building itself.
This - lightshow like - interaction is what a virreal should do for a set of webspots, making them part of a whole (for example a city).

Posted by Almar at 06:43 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2005

What is a Virreal?

In short, a virreal is a set of interlinked webspots. It is not a webring in the sense that its intentions are different.

Posted by Almar at 03:02 PM