One of the best designed ui's I have ever seen from an information
architecture standpoint is from the late 70's and still in use today: the
management console for IBM mainframes. Text only screen with extremely
well thought out organization of information and task. Has not been
changed for 20 + years. I am sure it could be better but its suitable for
the community it serves. Someone 30 years ago placed some serious thought
There is whole host of amazing work that has been done in "control" design
that is interaction and industrial from the space program to automotive, to
medical devices to audio gear that's really relevant.
On the IBM site that we were directed to there is a discussion of "real
things" ui's. Look at Apples new Dashboard
(http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/dashboard.html) to all of the audio
tools that look like real gear. All of this points to a need to have more
x-discipline effort and learning from the past as it might be applicable
I like it when the discussion in the list includes the interface to things
other then the computer through a monitor.
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