As examples of remediated paper have piled up in a folder over the last year, I’ve been contemplating a short article on the history of remediated paper - not e-paper interfaces, but the digital interface that represents a recto-verso turning action, whether by a rich 3D image, wipe-transitions, or a simple corner-triangle that indicates the turned-down corner of the next page.
The interest here, I suspect, is just the digital representation of textual surfaces as material (having, for example, the ability to bend or some transparent quality). I think it comes down to the recto-verso formation - the idea of obverse information. CRTs, LCDs, and even most epaper prototypes are simply not recto-verso technologies. It seems a long way from here until the day we arrive at a single sheet of double-sided e-paper that might use *turning* as an interface metaphor, something like use of motion and rotation in handheld displays such as the iPhone.
Until then, turning interfaces in digital text may be the nostalgic remainder of another, wholly different form of media literacy.]]>
Yet another remediated paper showcase is “Turning the Pages: Leaf through 15 great books and magnify the details” at The British Library website. It
uses a shockwave remediated paper interface to full scans of 15 books, sometimes accompanied by text and audio. Includes the Carroll’s original “Alice”, Jane Austen’s early work, Leonardo’s sketchbook, Mozart’s musical diary and more.
I’m waiting for someone to write the article on the history of the remediated paper interface, for various values of “paper” - perhaps starting at Xerox PARC and working forward. It seems like it is about time….]]>