Swarming GUIs

This is an example of a GUI developed by Philips Design around 2005 for (back then called) Philips CE, Consumer Electronics. The main ideas was these hexagrams, that were able to freely float over the screen, and then group (or be grouped by the user), creating new functional entities. Soon after the project was finished (it didn’t go that far to the business, to be honest), its lead design director went to Microsoft. Today at the Engadget I found a picture of the Microsoft’s ‘digital journal’, with a strikingly similar idea of ‘gluing’, or ‘swarming’ entities (ok, they went quasi 3D by now).

PS: The future is often a well forgotten past.

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