The design community has converged on a principle of austerity in the visual design of graphical user interfaces. Leaving behind the textured, dimensional aesthetic, designs today are superficially simple but ambiguous in use. As designers have reached effective consensus in embracing modern minimalism, it warrants questioning: have we lost something essential by rejecting representational UIs?
Virtual and augmented reality is expected to be a $120+ billion industry by 2020, and with the dawn of 3D computing comes a need for innovative interactions and experiences. Olivia Erickson covers the challenges of this new paradigm in computing, from the potential for different platforms and input to the need for new ways to interact with our digital world.
The intersection of physical and virtual space creates some of the most profound design challenges of our time but also creates tremendous opportunities. Darren David and Jen Kolstad discuss how merging the physical and digital in architecture can heighten people’s engagement with social space, energize relationships with each other, and add tangible value to projects.