Losing Control: Looking Beyond the Surface of the Aesthetic Interface

Geoff Hinchcliffe

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    This paper makes a critical analysis of the characteristics and priorities of the “Aesthetic Interface” (AI) (Manovich, 2006), distinguishing them where necessary from those of the conventional Graphic User Interface (GUI). Rather than simply cosmetic, it is argued that the highly stylised, overt nature of the AI represents acceptance and exploitation of the mediatory role of the interface. It is proposed that the AI often avoids standard interface design conventions in order to disrupt expectations of effi ciency and instead elicit a state of “mindfulness” in users. Play is identifi ed as a vital device in this quest for user attention. In conclusion, creative requirements are considered and paralleled with those of established media already expert with emotive, experiential devices
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of ISEA2008 : the International Symposium on Electronic Art
    Editors Hoofd, Tan, Ying
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherISEA 2008
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)9789810807689
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventInternational Symposium of Electronic Art 2008 - , Singapore
    Duration: 25 Jul 20083 Aug 2008


    ConferenceInternational Symposium of Electronic Art 2008


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