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The Ultimate Interface

December 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The Ultimate Interface

What is the ultimate anyway?

Ultimate means final.

And what is more final than death? How do we come to grips with death? What is our interface with death? One common interface with the ultimate is the tombstone. So this slideshow could be called "New Interfaces for Tombstones," but I liked the sound of "The Ultimate Interface," so that's what I went with.

I created this slide show to present it at the 30th anniversary of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. ITP is one of the worlds' premiere interface design programs, so I thought that community would appreciate this slide show.

Now with the advent of the web, people are thinking about how to people connect with the memory of those who have left us through that medium. A great example: Chris Barlett's Philadelphia Gay History Wiki. Some of the most visited posts on my jonnygoldstein.com blog are obituaries I have written for friends of mine who have died. It's a new era, with new ways of grappling with death, but the fact of our finite lives is as present as ever.

Now, where is that whiskey spigot?*

*Please check slideshow for this to make sense

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Cherches // Dec 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm


    Brilliant…! Awesome…! Almost makes me want to swing by a cemetery.

    Nice job, Jonny….

  • 2 Bridget McGraw // Dec 9, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I loved it in October and I still love it!

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