Designing the Paper-Like Book: The Graphic Case for E-Paper

Simon Downs
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Historically there exists a sharp boundary, in both technological and design terms between visual communications design for screen and for print. These distinctions stem from the nature of the broadcast environment and the subsidiary effects these means of transmission impose on us, the users. Within these distinct areas of design, there are well-established visual metaphors for organizing and presenting information in the form of books; there is also a degree of established good practice in screen design (web and multimedia). Each has its; benefits - portability and extreme durability for books (running into thousands of years), interlinking and expandability for electronic design, and its drawbacks. The drawbacks generally arising from technical issues inherent in the fabric of the media; such as binding technologies constraining the form of book, screen real estate defining the presentation of the web page.

What if we could merge the best of these two worlds into one whole? What would form should the user interface to take? We could have a book with all that entails; portable, durable, and cheap, but with web like features, such as search functions, networking and the ability to access other media? The technology, in the form of Paper-Like, is extant, but is it everything that the developers claim? New creative insights are needed before the design response is as mature as the medium? In this proposed paper, both questions are examined, and some surprising conclusions are drawn.

Keywords: Graphic Design, Paper-Like Display, HCI, Ubiquitous Computing
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Designing the Paper-Like Book

Simon Downs

Lecturer, Graphic Communication Visual Communication Loughborough University School of Art and Design Loughborough University, Loughborough University

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