Last updated on October 5, 2019
Dear Collaborators Andy & Raine,
How can we increase the bandwidth between text and our minds? In other words, how can we increase the useful visual expression of symbols on a screen?
Let’s focus/constrain this a bit more: What can we do to design and build a textual system of symbols plus grammar which can be created on a normal, modern, 21st century laptop and also consumed on one?
If we take this real-world constraint as the frame for our work we have all the possible colours of the world at our disposal and we have visual acuity better than the human eye at normal reading distance, all in a frame allowing for eye-movement navigation rather than needing much neck moving for navigation and all presented by what only recently would have been considered super-computers.
The elements at our disposal are the alphabetic letterforms in various fonts which can be redesigned and re-coloured, animated and placed anywhere on the screen for optimal authoring and reading. This is quite easy to do for a demo but much more challenging to do when supporting knowledge work.
Let’s also split reading and writing since they are different activities. And further, let’s split the goals: For reading it’s to support curiosity and for writing its to support thinking and clarity of presentation.
What are your thoughts on this? If we can agree on the frame before we meet to talk, that could be useful. Also, who else might we want to invite into this very visual dialog? Ben Schinderman maybe?
Note, adding this link is a test: 500 Words