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Worlds: A New Metaphor

9 Sep 2011, 21:25 UTC
Worlds: A New Metaphor
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It's been several months ago that I tweeted about how planetary or exoplanetary thinking is making its way into the human psyche. It reared its head from being subtle to being apparent when the planetary model of organization surfaced in the design of human interface and human interaction (UX).

You know, we live in an age of data explosion. So much that you need an effective interface design to interact with data in a meaningful way. That's why Bloom's design hit it right on the spot with their "planetary" design to organize your music collection. I remember Last.FM had some solar system visualization back then, but this working interface from Bloom rocks.

I felt compelled to write this post after I came across a more detailed exposition of how this "Worlds" interface was created. I am simply amazed how the representation of data about artists, albums and songs fits in place "naturally" with how nature has organized stars, planets, moons, and galaxies. It almost seems to say that music and nature are intertwined. And it is intertwined! That is why it is just so elegant to use Worlds as Metaphor, not just in interfacing with machines and data, but in ...

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