Screen Literacy is still on my Mind

The last week I read an article that is still on my mind. Its Becoming Screen Literate by Kevin Kelly.

The article gave me a new insight. Kelly explains how we ‘grew’ up with word and paragraph based logic, argumentation and communication since the invention of movable type. Why an ‘author’ is an ‘authority’.

And that this is changing. Changing into image and video based communication. How everybody can make video’s, how people make their own versions of movies and how all the screens around us communicate more with images then words. We are moving from one form of literacy to another. A transition from ‘book fluency to screen fluency’ as he calls it.

I see this in my own work too. I compose presentation with images found in Flickr. And I just made a proposal in keynote where the visualized project flow also contains the key information: the needed budget and planning.

Mobile is a screen too. And we are already composing and communicating with the images and video’s we capture and send with our mobiles. When I play with Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers iPhone music app Bloom I make music and create visuals without using any words.

Just by tapping, I create.

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Mobile Services designed for ONE.

Paul Hammond shows us with his MiniMuni app. how complicated context can become. He designed his personal tripadvisor tool helping him in that place and time in that specific situation. A helpful tool JUST FOR HIM.

This shows us with the big challenge around mobile. Designing services for individual context has the highest value but also has the highest cost.

Read his story here:

Every SF Muni streetcar line runs within walking distance of my house, but they all stop in different places. I can’t wait in one place and be sure to catch the next train that goes past.

I used leave the house and hope that I wouldn’t have to wait too long for a train to turn up. I’d often get to Duboce Avenue just in time to see a train disappear into the tunnel. I’d then end up waiting 10 minutes at the corner of Duboce and Church for the next J or N, wondering the whole time if I should walk to Church station and catch a K, L or M.

That got a bit much for me, so I made this:

It puts arrival information for all the stops near me on one page, and puts the emphasis on when I need to leave the house to catch a train. It tells me whether I need to get going right now, or whether I have 5 minutes to play with my kid before leaving.

I’ve had a beta version running for a few weeks, and it’s completely changed my mornings. I’m getting to work earlier and a lot less stressed.

As the about page says, if you live exactly 6 minutes from Sunset Tunnel East Portal, 8 minutes from Duboce and Church, and 10 minutes from Church Station you may find it useful too.

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Android fuels innovation in hardware

Nice video I found via OpenGardens about Android running on a relative simple and old piece of LINUX hardware from E28 (yes existing hardware!!). This video for me really shows what we can expect with these open OS platforms.

I expect a lot of innovation around hardware. Just imagine all these (chinese) manufacturers trying to get a grip on the handset market. All without brands and no differentiation on the OS and application layer. This means the hardware will be a key differentiator. So more micro segmentation(designed by and for niche markets), more models in general, new materials, new formfactors, hybrids, transformers and also higher replacement rates. We will become very picky about the design of a phone.

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