desktops have infinite folders within folders (and virtual desktops - though these are finite?)
Dynamicland makes everything an interactive information piece (so the space is room/building-size), but is still constrained by the size of the building
somehow when things are at human-scale, it doesn't feel that way - you can "surround" yourself with your work, spread things apart, have some of them in the peripheral vision, some of them "in the kitchen", etc.
is this where VR kicks in?
somehow free panning in x/y makes me feel like looking through a loupe - I don't get that feeling when scrolling only vertically though
strangely, some applications of x/y pan seem ok - maps for example
maybe the issue is somewhere else - when zooming a map I don't care so much about the context anymore, but when working on a screen, I usually want all of the surrounding information, and I just can't display it all at once
I'm curious how many and what kinds of projectors would I need to have a wall for thinking
alternative idea would be to print out all the reference material snippets to what I'm working on right now, and lay them out on a table, or maybe hang on a wall?
(source: Bret Victor's study)
virtually every user in the study reported that an advantage of spreadsheets is the ability to view large quantities of data on the screen (Nardi and Miller, 1990). Users had a strong preference for being able to view as much data as possible without scrolling
another thing to keep in mind is the "data-ink ratio" idea from Tufte - for power users the best UIs allow for making a lot of information visible at once, with the least amount "UI cruft" possible (No Chrome)
We can imagine, for example, mechanisms by which a user debugs a particular formula by bringing up a view of the spreadsheet in which irrelevant rows and columns are filtered out, and related cells are highlighted