Multimedia Round Table | Scientific American’s “Powering a Green Planet”
It’s time to dust off those round table discussions so II readers can voice their opinions on the latest use of FLPY, the online multimedia magazine, as seen in Scientific American’s latest package “Powering a Green Planet.” Take five minutes to look through the nine “pages” in this package and think about the layout of content. Do you like the flipping animation imitating how one would flip a page in a book? Were the graphics effective in explaining energy conservation issues? Take a stand one way or the other and let’s start this month’s round table discussion!
FLPY has been used in a variety of commercial, advertising, and journalistic presentations. You may have seen a similar interface in several of Reporte Indigo’s packages, such as the 2008 SNDies quarterly finalists “Love in political times” and “The Obama Factor.”
As a comparison, check out the text-only version of the site. As you can see, a great deal of text went into this package, but it didn’t seem overwhelming in the online presentation. While some of the “pages” contained more text than others, I believe that they did a good job dividing out the content so that each section has enough material to engage the user, but not too much as to overwhelm them.
My question to you is whether or not mimicking traditional HII (human information interaction) principles in the digital sector is really what we should be doing. Is the page flipping animation innovative or limiting innovation? I would argue the latter, because the Web allows us endless options to display content, rather than the traditional information flow seen in sequential pages. If we are borrowing usability practices seen in print copy, how can we break apart from what users obviously don’t want anymore to meet them in this evolving dare-I-say-it Web 3.0 realm?
Agree or disagree? I love a good debate so let’s get to it!
Tags: discussion, energy conservation, FLPY, Multimedia round table, Reporte Indigo, Scientific American