Good Examples of Physicality in Web Visual Design

19 Jul 2004 - 2:22pm
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drewbam
2004

All,

I am currently engaged in a Web application project for which the
client would like to incorporate a certain degree of machine-like
physicality in the visual and interaction design (e.g. "like iTunes").
I run up against this request all of the time, and typically argue
that focusing on information display and avoiding the propagation of
extraneous "chrome" is critical in a Web environment, especially,
given the fact that the Web page is already nested within the browser
chrome. For this project, however, communication of device-like
properties may be appropriate.

Does anyone have any good examples of Web (or desktop application, I
suppose) UI that takes visual and interactive cues from physical
devices?

Arigato,
d|b

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20 Jul 2004 - 6:16am
pabini
2004

d|b wrote: I am currently engaged in a Web application project for which the
> client would like to incorporate a certain degree of machine-like
> physicality in the visual and interaction design (e.g. "like iTunes").
... For this project, ...communication of device-like
> properties may be appropriate.
> Does anyone have any good examples of Web (or desktop application, I
> suppose) UI that takes visual and interactive cues from physical
> devices?

Hi Drew

Some great stuff has been done in the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital
Interface) arena of desktop applications. Analogues for physical sequencers,
mixing boards, effects processors, loopers, etc.

Pabini
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Pabini Gabriel-Petit
Principal & User Experience Architect
Spirit Softworks
www.spiritsoftworks.com

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