“Interface Criticism. Aesthetics Beyond Buttons” (2012)

“Our conception of the interface is not restricted to the well-known  graphical user interface between humans and computers, e.g. the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointers) interfaces that have become popular and standardised on personal computers the last twenty-five years. As described by Florian Cramer in this volume, the term interface indicates many different contact points and exchanges between different programs and data layers in a computer,  between different machines (e.g. in a network), between humans and machines (such as graphical user interfaces), and as a mediator between humans (e.g. in net culture, interface culture and the public sphere). Some interfaces seem more or less mechanical – such  as the USB interface that most of us know as a plug, but which is in fact an interface that specifies how communication between devices is established – while others are more clearly directed towards human understanding and cultural traditions such as interfaces for computer games or digital art. All interfaces, however, are designs that combine – and translate – signs and signals”

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Interface CriticismAesthetics Beyond Buttons (edited by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold)
Sample | http://samples.pubhub.dk/9788771242393.pdf

About Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT (Boston). Formerly, Partner and VP Innovation at OpenKnowledge http://www.open-knowledge.it/en/ | Books author and coauthor (recently published "Social Mobile Marketing", Egea 2014, 2e) | Digital theorist and international researcher | Analytics industry speaker | @cosimoaccoto | http://www.linkedin.com/in/cosimoaccoto | cosimo.accoto@open-knowledge.it |

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