What’s a GUI?
I have started to understand what this word means at the beginning of january, for the course of Graphical User Interface.
The first 10 days of the course was held by Frank and Timm from Germany and I was in group with Ishac and Pedro. We decided to develop a concept of GUI for a personal letter writing software.
At first, we started our analysis with a big brainstorm about what makes the experience of writing a letter so personal, when done on traditional media such as paper. It is not only the writer and the content shaping the letter, but also the sorrounding (sounds, physical location) and time. Writing a letter is a ritual where you have to go through different fixed steps and the freedom or choices you take inside those steps make the outcome really personal.
We tried to translate the experience of the ritual to the digital letter in Scriba.
When you write a letter, what makes it personal is not only the content you transfer with words, but also the way you go through the different steps to build it. It is a process that allows to capture beyond the media you are writing on, thanks to the influences that the environment around you and the time impress on the content and your physical outcome.
Scriba aims to make the user experiencing the same process while writing a personal letter on the computer. On one hand, Scriba allows you to focus on your letter by isolating you from your computer environment. On the other hand, it gives space to temporal traces by a navigation bar that counts your writing sessions as dots and by leaving empty spaces as time passed by between them.
Scriba records the environment around you by analyzing the light and the noise. If it recognizes you are writing in a place that doesn’t help focusing, the lines will start to become irregular and bend.
Writing a letter implies reducing distraction and dedicating time to the person you are writing to. This is why even leaving traces of your errors could be precious for building the message of your letter.
VIDEO_SCRIBA : http://vimeo.com/8713728
Working with Pedro and Ishac was really a nice and rich experience. I had with them a very deep hands on learning of Illustrator and Flash!
Thanks to Pedro for sharing the pics.