Data as Script: A Critical Lens for Interface Production

Geoffrey Hinchcliffe

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    As a means of understanding interface design as a creative practice this paper explores the concept of data as script through a comparative analysis of a range of interface designs for a social networking service. The analysis reveals much about the nature of the data script, which is shown to be defined by its structures and data types rather than its fleeting user content. In representing the script, it is demonstrated that interface designers, like the producers of a theatre or cinema production, treat the script as a source to be interpreted and adapted for particular contexts. The conspicuous interfaces celebrate poetic representation and challenge conventional interface aims of ease and invisibility, offering instead novel adaptations and critical perspectives of a familiar source. More than a convenient metaphor, the script analogy redefines interface design as a creative process and connects it with established fields of creative production and critical evaluation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 'Creativity: brain, mind, body', the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Annual Conference
    EditorsGordon Bull
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventACUANDS 2011 - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 21 Sept 201123 Sept 2011


    ConferenceACUANDS 2011


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