Tablets and Role of Design
March 18th, 2010 by Lex

Just got out of a Chris Anderson talk on the iPad and the future of magazines. There seems to be a recurring theme, from Anderson to Jobs, on the personal engagement with the IPad. The idea is that the different type of interaction one has with the screen, multi-touch vs. keyboard and mouse, will color that experience and redefine the type of engagement that’s appropriate. We have been long aware of the lack of “Pause” in the web , a lack of attention and participation. Tablets may be one way to solve the problem.

An interesting tangent is the role of visual design in this context. Where in Web 1.0 and 2.0, designers are limited to primitive space and focus on technical interoperability, the next media-rich generation provides a much grander canvas on which work can be put together. The online Wired, per Anderson’s demonstration, is a beautifully crafted and curated product. In addition to the resurgence in value of traditional graphic design, a new layer of interactivity and new media becomes important. Advertisements can become virtual storefronts, footnotes can turn into video, and so on. The talent to deliver these things in a discerning and non-offensive way becomes very important.

It is exciting to see the aesthetic take prominence in the next wave of media business.

Augmented Reality.
February 4th, 2010 by Lex

Below is a mockup of what augmented reality may look like in the future. HTML 25, here we come.

Glass Skies Sequence-3.
January 10th, 2010 by Lex





Land in the black muck, swat at the lines, furrow your imagination.

Glass Skies Sequence-2.
January 7th, 2010 by Lex





Stepwise into the sky, off the earth, onto the ether, into the fall.

Glass Skies Sequence-1.
January 3rd, 2010 by Lex





An abstract sequential narrative, presented in 3 acts. See full artwork for horizontal scrolling.

Previews of Tablets / E-Readers.
December 23rd, 2009 by Lex has an excellent article on the future of e-readers, and in my opinion, tablet computers. Some pulled concept footage below:

Drawing: RedBlack-2.
November 18th, 2009 by Lex

Looking closer, quick red strokes fight the dark black on the paper.