17 Jun 2009 - 7:43am
4 years ago
7 replies
Jose E.

Need for a new metaphor on Operating Systems?

Hi IxDAers,

I just posted a blog post on my 'obsession theme': the need of a
metaphor/paradigm change on current Operating Systems.

The blog post is over here
and I'll like to discuss about this idea.

So my opinion is that the current "application centered" OSs are
not suiting anymore the needs for connectivity, real-time and
socialization we have now days. A change is needed.

What you think? Happy with your current OS?

19 Mar 2009 - 11:09am
5 years ago
20 replies

The Save Icon "rut"

Has anyone seen any attempts to replace the standard floppy disk Save
icon? Seeing as most people haven't touched a 3.5" floppy in a decade,
is anyone addressing this archaic icon and how we can replace the
current mental model associated with it?

14 Apr 2008 - 1:51pm
5 years ago
11 replies
Oleh Kovalchuke

Language metaphor for UE disciplines

This metaphor came up at our last IxDA Colorado meetup (which was quite
lively, by the way).

"IA deals with nouns, IxD -- verbs, Visual Design -- adjectives."

This is rough division, of course.

Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is design of time

8 Nov 2007 - 8:52pm
Esteban Barahona

the folder (and desktop) metaphor should be deprecated

decades ago, when computing was becoming more mainstream and personal
(Macintosh, PC revolution, firsts GUIs, ...), the desktop metaphor was
invented. This arguably helped make friendlier a computer to new people.

21 Sep 2007 - 6:12am
6 years ago
10 replies

IxD is like.... the use of metaphor in application interface design

Metaphor is an important concept in computer system design as well as in
language. Metaphor is more than just a literary device used for poetic
effect, it is an integral part of our language and thought.

19 Dec 2005 - 12:22pm
Dan Saffer

New Metaphors for Interface Design

This has been making the rounds, if you haven't seen it yet:

"Sources for interface metaphors abound. In the past, we leaned
heavily on the world of the office and its folders and desktops,
because we thought we were building interfaces mainly for office
workers. But today, information work and information workers are

7 Oct 2005 - 10:47am
8 years ago
3 replies
Vishal Subraman...

metaphoric interfaces

My boss wants me to create a metaphoric interface for a website
(really!). He's from Natural Resources though. Our clients have already
created a prototype based on a metaphor and he wants me to improve it.

(Its a Natural Resource website and the Interface has the image of a
scenary that they created, with icons of camping, lakes, hiking etc near
corresponding items.)

I'm planning to convince my boss/ clients that metaphors were disposed
ages back for informational websites.

22 Mar 2005 - 11:35am
9 years ago
4 replies
Dan Saffer

Re: Metaphor

On Mar 22, 2005, at 10:59 AM, Adam Korman wrote:

> Although software isn't human it engages our human emotions but
> because it has complex behavior like humans. So, it's really too bad
> that it follows its own machine logic... wouldn't it be nice if
> sometimes computers followed human logic? That would be refreshing.

They can't. They aren't human. Thus they have to be designed to present
themselves as though they had human motivations and behaviors. One way
of doing this is via metaphor. "Dialog" boxes pop up to ask you

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