Hi, IxDA-ers. I am currently writing a book with Nathan Shedroff regarding
sci-fi's influence on interface design (and design's influence on sci-fi). The
work will include critical analyses of popular and influential properties,
references to prior works on the topics, tracing of interface concepts across
various sci-fi properties, views of practitioners from both the CHI and
film industries, and lessons learned from science fiction that are applicable to
interface design.To that end, we invite the members of the IxD mailing list
to participate in the following survey. Answer as much or as little as you like.
Note that we have deliberately constrained ourselves to the (mostly) visual
mediums of television and cinema.
1. Do you consider yourself a sci-fi fan? If so, what are
your favorite movies or programs and why? If not, why not? 2. What are your favorite interfaces from science fiction
films and television or your favorite interface moments?
3. What are some of your other sources of inspiration for
your work? Has there been a particular technology or designer you found
influential? If so, tell us about it.
4. Have you ever been inspired in your interface design by a
particular scene or a technology from science fiction? If so, what science
fiction was it? How did it influence your work? Did you share the source of
your inspiration with colleagues or clients?
5. Have you ever gleaned practical lessons about interaction
design from science fiction? If so, what was it?6. How do you respond to bad interface design in science
fiction? Are there any particularly bad interfaces you can recall from science
fiction? If so, what are they and what made them so bad?7. Have you ever chosen to purchase a particular device,
piece of software, or electronic device because it reminded you of something
you'd seen in sci-fi before? If so, tell us about it.8. We will be reporting most of the results from the survey in
aggregate. If we would like to include some of your direct responses, how
should we credit you? (For example, by full name or by email address? Is there
a company name we can include?)
Please DO NOT reply to the ixda list, as that'll make a lot of noise that will upset list members. INSTEAD, email completed surveys to: ixda.100.makeitso@ neverbox.com.
The book is currently planned for publication in Spring of
2008. The earlier we receive responses the better a chance there will be that
your responses will be read and included in the survey.Thanks for your
time and shared interest!