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Blow your mind in Z-space

The Billy Harvey website is one of the most engaging sites I've ever experienced. Be sure you explore, and click the "HEAD CONTROL" link to see what the Billy Harvey world looks like.

I've played around with z-space interfaces in the past, but I haven't seen many websites that use it like this. An even deeper into z-space interface is the one by the web design firm that built billyharvey.com, sofake. Just... keep clicking.

And if you want to think a little more about narrative and space and, well, comics I recommend Scott McCloud's I can't stop thinking.

A huge thank you to Dan from the porterdavis band, for sending me the billyharvey.com link.

Have fun!

Posted by Kathy on September 14, 2005 | Permalink


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This is more commonly known as a zooming user interface or ZUI. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZUI . There is another example at http://rchi.raskincenter.org/aboutarchy/img/zoomdemo.swf that is also pretty nice.

Posted by: Chris | Sep 15, 2005 2:43:10 AM

Neat! The next thing to do is to suck you in(teleport) the site.
Hey hang on, maybe someday we'll find our other earth thru such a wormhole website (like that sofake one).

Posted by: Tarry Singh | Sep 15, 2005 3:28:07 AM

Thank you so much for pointing me toward sofake.com. That site is awesome!

Posted by: Michael Sica | Sep 15, 2005 8:33:21 PM

I love the way they handled the audio on this site... how it gets louder or softer depending on which *room* you're in (very loud when you're in the room with the amplifier!), and the way he lip syncs to his music when you choose one of the songs. And when he says he has to go because he has a paper cut...

This is just one artist, but imagine what you could do if you kept evolving a world like that. Anyone remember the Peter Gabriel interactive CD-ROM? It wasn't a z-order interface, but it did a lot of really interesting things with the subtleties of navigating in the world. For example, as you got "lower" (which meant deeper along a branch in this case), the sound subtly became deeper, more bass, etc. And the colors became warmer and more saturated. This helped you have a "sense" of where you were in the world in relation to other parts. And as you moved "up" in the interface, the colors of the interface became cooler and less saturated (as they would in the real world when you go from ground to sky), and the audio/music had more high frequencies.

To use the buzzword dujour, it was also about *remixing*. Way back then (mid 90's), he felt that it was important for music to be a collaboration between audience and artist -- so he has pieces of his music that you can play with to at least partly co-create the music. Here's a link to an old Wired article about it:

It's a wonderful use of interactive exploration.

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Sep 15, 2005 8:49:40 PM

Kathy: Your comments about Peter Gabriel remind me of the more recent efforts of Nine inch Nails/Trent Reznor where he has made multi-track recording of his singles available for fan remixing. He's done this in Garage Band format as well as in formats for more professional tools.

This is as close to open source as a rock star can get. Lots of fun to play with.



Posted by: Matt Galloway | Sep 15, 2005 9:25:54 PM

Check out Bob Schneider's site. It's fantastic. http://www.bobschneidermusic.com/

Posted by: Leann | Sep 18, 2005 9:11:00 PM

Anyone know what program they used to create the Bill Harvey page? Is it flash? or pad++?

Posted by: monster | Apr 16, 2006 8:34:28 PM

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