January 19, 2006

Computing Metaphors

I just posted a quick reflection on an exercise we did in class today in which we explore alternatives to the desktop/office metaphor for computing. I have to say that the simple process of stopping the familiar and focusing on just how it is we understand the computer-based composing environment was a big help to our Web building. Before we talked about H: drives, we thought about conceptual spaces--if the computer were a kitchen, what might a server be? A warehouse? A restaurant? A restaurant with an attached warehouse? [update -- see for a related example.]