[deepamehta-users] Bret Victor talks about "Inventing on Principle"

Matthias Melcher matthias.melcher at urz.uni-heidelberg.de
Mi Apr 18 23:05:42 CEST 2012

Thanks, Jörg, for recommending this great talk by Bret Victor who not only
emphasizes the importance for user interfaces to have a guiding principle
but, in particular, confirm's DeepaMehta's unique principle of the
"coordinated view"  technique to allow for IMMEDIATELY seeing in the
detail pane what we are "mouse-gazing" on the left pane: Watch his two
page spread (see attachment) and you will clearly see the crucial
principle of DeepaMehta's immediacy.


On Tue, 17 Apr 2012, Jörg Richter wrote:

> Dear DeepaMehta aficionados,
> I like to recommend to you a talk Bret Victor gave at CUSEC 2012: Inventing on Principle.
> He shows how our thinking and our design concepts are rooted in the past. Concepts are taken for granted and are not questioned anymore. A computer program e.g. has to be compiled and then be executed. This imposes a great deal of indirection to the programmer. That is, her's mind is destined to virtually become a machine simulator. As an alternative way Bret Victor brilliantly presents a self-designed interactive programming environment with instant feedback.
> But the talk is not about programmers. Bret Victor shows wonderfully how e.g. an animation artist is forced to indirection by using crappy machine-thinking molded software like Adobe Flash and how it hinders creativity. And then as a contrast he shows another one of his excellent self-designed demos: an animation tool with a 2-hand iPad UI.
> Bret Victor points out that people who've changed the world (not restricted to computing) -- Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Larry Tesler, Richard Stallman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- followed their very own personal principle. And that they are guided by this principle her whole life. Larry Tesler's principle e.g. was to remove the modes from the UI.
> The principle that Bret Victor found for his own life is that creators need an *immediate connection* to the things they create. This framework of thought provides him a fruitful guidance for evaluating and improving designs.
> Bret Victor encourages everyone to think off the beaten track and to find a guiding principle for his/her work. And he shows how much this search is interconnected with finding his/hers own identity.
> Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle. Talk at CUSEC 2012:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUv66718DII
> Bret Victor's highly creative and content-rich website:
> http://worrydream.com/
> CUSEC 2012 website:
> http://2012.cusec.net/
> Cheers,
> Jörg
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Freundliche Gruesse / Regards - Matthias Melcher, Tel. +49-6221-54-4523
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