May 26, 2002
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Type experimentats and portfolio by Johnathan Yuen. Flash required, but used simply.
Experimental interface; hover over everything.
posted by Su (9 comments total)
Oh, jeez. My stupid typo immortalized.
posted by Su at 1:19 AM on May 26, 2002

he's also the guy behind memoirs from hijiyama which is absolutely beautiful.
posted by juv3nal at 2:50 AM on May 26, 2002

> Oh, jeez. My stupid typo immortalized.

And wouldn't you know it, Mr Anal walk into the thread.

Anyway, this is one of those sites that make me click and mouseover without satisfaction until I finally hit a lucky combination that says something it seems the web creator wants to express, and when I think I've got it figured out, I realize that the same clicks don't apply every time. Are they broken or unfinished or just inconsistent? It brings out the Jakob in me.


I like it. It's pretty. And that's what matters.
posted by pracowity at 3:17 AM on May 26, 2002

"hover over everything"

Pass. My son has toys that interact in this prodding, exploratory way and that's fine. But he's an infant.

One of my favorite Flash toy "artists" does the same thing, and I find myself irked by it sometimes. Maybe I'm just too literal-minded for this stuff.
posted by majick at 5:57 AM on May 26, 2002

I have such a hard time navigating these things that I get impatient and leave. If I can find the way back. It is pretty, though.
posted by ashbury at 6:24 AM on May 26, 2002

Pracowity: And wouldn't you know it, Mr Anal walk into the thread.
Come a little closer, will ya? I can't quite reach you *grin*

It's not broken, and it's perfectly consistent, but the interface does at times force you to work the way the author was thinking, which does bug me a bit. You can't, for example, go to another section of the site without actually backing out of the one you're in.
I suspect the author might still be learning Flash to some degree or other, and may not have worked out how to make navigating the site less linear. One thing that made me suspect is that the "neuron" experiment actually uses images rather than vector outlines for the constructions, which is odd. I zoomed in to try and read the text wrapped around the thing, but found it hopelessly pixelated.

Majick: I don't think it's that you're literal-minded at all. Interestingly, I think the statement about your son is more telling, and contains your answer: You feel that spending some time learning to use a site, one that's openly experimental, is somehow not worth the effort. Not a judgement, but more of an observation.

That said, I still feel that an interface, even one that's supposed to be experimental, still should give some hint of itself. The monochrome palette and fact that just about everything is done with the same set of elements(letterforms) kind of makes it hard to tell what's just there and what does something.
posted by Su at 8:51 AM on May 26, 2002

Thanks for confirming my belief that type-obsessed designers are the most annoyingly anal group on the planet.
posted by HTuttle at 9:01 AM on May 26, 2002

" interface... hould give some hint of itself."

This is key. It's not a coincidence that the Amiga's UI ROM was called "Intuition." (On the other hand, Amiga applications were notiorious for having random and baffling interfaces. But the notion was behind it, at least. Don't mind me, I've been playing with my Amiga lately and it's on my mind).

I'm all in favor of experimental interfaces, but even then there should be some inkling of a relationship between the interface and task.

The Secret Lives of Numbers visualizaion tool is an example of a strange and experimental interface that does so, and it's a joy to use.

In most of these endeavors, I sense a sort of massive disconnect between the data and the presentation, and I find it disorienting and disconcerting. Not to mention, playing a game of "hunt the pixel" is something better suited to SCUMM-like adventure games.
posted by majick at 11:04 AM on May 26, 2002

Well, I pointed at and then clicked at everything I could see, and never managed to get it to work. It was just three letters morphing into each other. Where do you go from there?

posted by Mars Saxman at 1:20 PM on May 26, 2002

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