Elastic Presentation

You are a junior member of this interaction design team and you have been asked to create a novel elastic interaction that will operate like a portal into an information space of  your choosing. You want to create a combination of interaction dynamics that fits well with the objects and information you are displaying. In this design task you will create only sufficient screens to demonstrate the look and feel of interaction.

Important aspects of interaction design include creating valuable, compelling, and empowering information experiences. As such interaction design is concerned with organising, presenting data or information. Often this involves motion or navigation with respect to information. This navigation can be accessing, opening up, stepping into, stepping around or just generally exploring information.

Exercise Objectives

What you will be given


Your exercise will be loosely based on the breakdown mentioned in previous classes.


We strongly suggest you look through readings 2,3 and 4 and at least scan the rest.

  1. Eric A. Bier and Maureen C. Stone and Ken Pier and Ken Fishkin and Thomas Baudel and Matt Conway and William Buxton and Tony DeRose. Toolglass and Magic Lenses: The See-Through Interface. Proceedings of ACM CHI'94 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vol. 2, pp. 445-446, 1994.
  2. M. S. T. Carpendale and C. Montagnese. A Framework for Unifying Presentation Space. UIST'01, Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, p 61-70, ACM Press, 2001.
  3. M. S. T. Carpendale, D. Cowperthwaite, M.-A. D. Storey, and F. D. Fracchia. Exploring Distinct Aspects of the Distortion Viewing Paradigm. Technical. Report No. CMPT1997-08, School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, March 1997
  4. George W. Furnas. Generalized Fisheye Views. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, ACM CHI'86, pp. 16-23, 1986.
  5. J. van der Heyden, M. S. T. Carpendale, K. Inkpen and S. Atkins. Case Study: Visual Presentation of Magnetic Resonance Images. VIS'98: Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Visualization, pages 423-426, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1998.
  6. Y. K. Leung and M. D. Apperley. A Review and Taxonomy of Distortion-Oriented Presentation Techniques. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 1(2), pp. 126-160, 1994.


     Here are a variety of museum web sites. What can you do with these?