Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency

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Overview

In Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency, Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala argues that, contrary to Donald Norman's famous dictum, we do not always want our computers to be invisible "information appliances." They say that a computer does not feel like a toaster or a vacuum cleaner, it feels like a medium that is now taking its place beside other media like printing, film, radio, and television. The computer as medium creates new forms and genres for artists and designers, Bolter and Gromala want to show what digital art has to offer to Web designers, education technologists, graphic artists, interface designers, HCI experts, and, for that matter, anyone interested in the cultural implications of the digital revolution.
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"I recommend this book... a refreshing experience and source of inspiration."
Gerd Waloszek SAP Design Guild

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262025454
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay David Bolter is Wesley Professor of New Media and Director, Center for New Media Research and Education in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech
University.

Diane Gromala, PhD., is the Canada Research Chair at the School of Interactive Arts and
Technology at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 2
1 TEXT RAIN: The Digital Experience 8
2 Wooden Mirror: The Myth of Transparency 30
3 Nosee Te Ipsum: Seeing Yourself in the Digital Mirror 58
4 Magic Book: The New and the Old in New Media 76
5 Fakeshop: The Diversity of New Media 94
6 T-Garden: The Materiality of New Media 114
7 Terminal Time: Design in Context 130
8 The Art Gallery of SIGGRAPH 2000 142
9 Before and After SIGGRAPH 2000 150
Colophon: Excretia and Reading as a Reflective Experience 162
Appendix 170
References 174
Index 177
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