Pictures Under Glass

Bret Victor, former human-interface inventor at Apple, intelligently rants about the future of interaction design. Inspired, in part, by Microsoft’s wonderfully banal concept video that’s been making the the rounds on the web this past few months:

As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I’m a little skeptical of, given that I’ve actually tried them and the animators presumably haven’t. But that’s not my problem with the video.

My problem is the opposite, really — this vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary. It’s a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.

via @stevenbjohnson

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