Saturday, June 02, 2012

Zumable User Interfaces (ZUIs)

The Economist (Jun 2nd 2012. Technology Quarterly Q2, 2012): the prophets of zoom:

Zoomable user interfaces (ZUIs), as they are known, are arriving on the coat-tails of touch-screen gadgets such as the iPhone that have popularised zooming to magnify graphics. With ZUIs (pronounced zoo-ees), information need not be chopped up to fit on uniformly sized slides. Instead, text, images and even video sit on a single, limitless surface and can be viewed at whatever size makes most sense—up close for details, or zoomed out for the big picture.

The system-level transition I was predicting two years ago is beginning to happen.

tags: trend, payload, tool, system, model, example, interface, synthesis

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