12-month research project by Alan Blackwell, creating the programmable visual environment Palimpsest.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Making a metaphor
One of my key problems is how to present a concept of the "layer" that doesn't scare people off in the way that Photoshop layers seem to do. This brings us back to metaphor - much as I hate to admit it. So yesterday's task was a first attempt at providing a layer navigation visualisation that is more easily recognised through use of a physical metaphor. The geometry is a little crude here (using only efficient AffineTransforms), but interacting with this for a bit was sufficient to suggest that a book is probably not the right metaphor for the layer language.