I came across the other day IBM’s Exploratory user interface design microsite, which shows examples of interface solutions that extend beyond the traditional graphical user interface (GUI) models and explores the use of realistic objects and places in user-interface design.
The microsite is part of IBM’s Ease of Use website which looks at User Engineering, Design among other areas.
Some of the examples includes:
* SmartMarkers – used for Data visualisation.
* RealThings design guide – The structure and elements of interfaces based on real-world objects.
* RealPlaces design guide -The structure and elements of user-interface environments patterned after real-life places.
* Desktop evolution – The history and thinking behind the RealThings design approach.