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 ofTransparency, Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala argue 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.In the early 1990s, the World Wide Web began to shift from purely verbal representation to an experience for the user in which form and content were thoroughly integrated.

Designers brought their skills and sensibilities to the Web, as well as a belief that a message was communicated through interplay of words and images. Bolter and Gromala argue that invisibility or transparency is only half the story; the goal of digital design is to establish a rhythm between transparency—made possible by mastery of techniques—and reflection—as the medium itself helps us understand our experience of it.The book examines recent works of digital art from the Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH 2000. These works, and their inclusion in an important computer conference, show that digital art is relevant to technologists. In fact, digital art can be considered the purest form of experimental design; the examples in this book show that design need not deliver information and then erase itself from our consciousness but can engage us in an interactive experience of form and content.

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"I recommend this book... a refreshing experience and source of inspiration."Gerd Waloszek SAP Design Guild
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524490
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • 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 TechUniversity.

Diane Gromala, PhD., is the Canada Research Chair at the School of Interactive Arts andTechnology 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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