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Interactive Design

The True cost of a CMS

Image courtesy of Library of Congress – Amelia Rosser as Ireland (April 1920)

We often are asked to ensure that our software is “easily updatable”. A decent client facing CMS seems too often to be a pre-requisite to an interactive’s design. Now, we use CMS for handling the content a lot, but that decision, always comes at the end of the initial design process. It should never be determined at the beginning.


What a difference a day makes…

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of iPhone. The one that transformed the mobile industry overnight. In preparing to write something about it I thought I would dial back the clock and read through ArsTechnica’s excellent (20,000 word) review. The internet in your pocket, an onscreen keyboard, YouTube on demand, no Flash were just some of the highlights. But two things struck me most about it — multitouch and text messages.


Tech-no Notice

So today I was with a previous client chatting about their plans for their next temporary exhibition. It will feature original manuscripts and leaflets from 1917 and some of them are amazing. Graphically, visually and historically.

They had also recently been approached by a company offering “transparent interactive display cases”, and he asked “should we use them?”. I simply responded with “Why?”. He thought about it for a second and then immediately chuckled and said “yes, why would we cover up the items”.  And he was right, why would we hide amazing original tangible materials behind a digital interface once you touched it?READ MORE