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Brigitte Eaton <[log in to unmask]>
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Brigitte Eaton <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 14:04:16 -0800
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i can't remember where i read this but apparently bianca's smut shack is a
good example of a room-based metaphor. it helps that it's a chat site and
chat lends itself better to be described as rooms.


At 12:23 PM 11/24/98 , Liam Friedland wrote:
>I'm curious why you believe that spatial metaphors are outmoded and clunky.
>It's true that many on-line room-based / spatial metaphors are poorly
>designed. Perhaps this is due more to a too literal translation from space
>to cyberspace than from any inherent badness in the use of space as an
>organizing principle or form of representation. Perhaps it's also due to
>shitty design work.
>Even in real-space there are good and bad designs. How many of the places in
>which we dwell are truely well designed?  How many of our cities are a true
>joy to move through, inhabit, and interact within?
>Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.  I believe we should try
>and leverage as many different types of representations as possible in
>creating the architectures of cyberspace, user experiences, and new forms of
>interaction and collaboration.  Sometimes text is an appropriate mechanism.
>At other times, a multi-dimensional visualization might better fit the bill.
>It really all depends on context and the goals of the designer/author.
>For some additional thoughts:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Hana Schank [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 10:27 AM
>> To:   [log in to unmask]
>> Subject:      location-based navigation
>> Does anyone know of any studies or papers written on location-based
>> navigation (i.e. using "rooms" for different parts of a web site -- the
>> "library" for links to references, the "lounge" for a chat room, etc...).
>> Specifically, I'm looking for ways to explain that this is an outmoded and
>> clunky method of site navigation.
>> Thanks,
>> Hana Schank
>> Ogilvy Interactive
>> [log in to unmask]

brigitte eaton