Sunday, September 30, 2012

UI Set To Converge With Painting

One thing I've noticed after years of blogging: whenever I state the obvious, people get shocked.

However, the days of pixellated user interface are numbered.

Meanwhile, the expressive range and potential of graphic design remains largely untapped.

We know that we can communicate a great deal through simplified iconography.

But such communication often ends up looking dated.

Hopefully what I'm about to say next won't blow your mind.

In the future, a market will exist for hand-painted user interface.

Consider the XBox Live game Mark Of The Ninja.

Is it a diagram, a painting, or a cartoon?

It's a game.

It's an example of the art form which programmers use to explore the possibilities of user interface.

It is the shape of the future.