Jan 2010 Future of Magazines? New Interfaces for a new decade
CES is awash with people talking tablets and slates, and e-readers are finally getting traction. That is fine and exciting from a hardware point of view, but what about design?
Ever since Jakob Neilson gained popularity and promoted usability (often with top-left nav approaches), the web has been wrestling with usability versus design. I've been looking for a good visual summary of web page design from single column early sites, to top-left, to innovations like flash navigation, cover-flow, panel-driven interfaces and tabbed content elements (yahoo) but haven't found one yet.
Regardless, there is some really exciting work going on for electronic delivery of magazine.
This video from Bonnier, a Swedish media group, shows some amazing thinking and a great prototype.
It demonstrates what we all feel: that electronic delivery of magazine content can improve the user experience and that magazines online are not just about putting their content on websites.
Or if you would only like to see the prototype in action from the video: