Guillaume “Zifro” Desrat’s former blog

User Interfaces to evolve in the next years ?

Filed under: user interface, nextgen — Zifro August 31, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

Browsing the Internet, I often wonder how I got here or there (not only when a pr0n site pops up at work or when my sister and I are looking for something).

So, I don’t remember how I found it, but I’ve read an article on ACM Queue, called The Future of Human-Computer Interaction, written by John Canny.

It states that “for many years HCI has been evolutionary, not revolutionary”, and asks “is this about to change ?”.

It starts with the past, insisting on how good was the Star, gives some rules for launching a brand-new, state-of-the-art interface, then goes on describing what the UI are today, and then points at some clues of what they could become.

Is this about to change ?
Well, one can’t tell, but this four pages article is worth reading ; it tends to blur the frontier between marketing and interface designing (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on the tin-foiled hat you wear) and raises two interesting things to me : user-centered development and computer-based vision (or context-awareness).