David Thompson


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August 24, 2009



It is very pretty. But... why?


It’s easy to see applications of the Impress interface, but the Virtual Gravity tool isn’t so obvious. I don’t quite see what it achieves that couldn’t be done with, say, a simple chart. (If, for instance, you wanted an immediate impression of the relative popularity of this compared to that, size rather than weight seems a more obvious way to register it.) Maybe it’s more about idle amusement. Or as Hilsing puts it, “digital data get an actual physical existence and become a sensually tangible experience.”

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