Information Systems

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Via David Appell. Stephen Wolfram made waves with A New Kind of Science, a book which I have yet to read through. The work is now online. I like the fact that the site has surface appeal but I think the form and structure of the project is thoroughly inefficient.

The designers put up an information system. But the book is not online, although the download feels as if a book is being squeezed through the digital pipeline. In my opinion, the designers should’ve thought in terms of lighter nodes, efficient hypertext structures, with less concentration on the book as metaphor but with hypertext as the metaphor and system concept. New kind of science, encumbered reading online.

Yikes.


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