Mike Hearn: olpc is genius

If you haven’t done so already, go read the OLPC HIG now. I swear to God, this document is a work of pure, inspired genius. Will it work? I don’t know. But if you have an ounce of interest in your body for design, you will admire their balls and creativity.

This UI is quite simply one of the deepest and most interesting redesigns of the desktop user interface ever produced. It makes MacOS look like what it is - boring and unoriginal. The list of things this UI gets right is so long it makes my head spin:

The HIG is not finished and significant work remains (eg widget definitions). Still, what’s there is fantastic. The existing computer design we use has changed only a bit since the Xerox PARC days, and OLPC is breathing some fresh air into the space. It could be a complete disaster, we won’t know until it’s been tried, but at least they are trying.

Incidentally I have now seen an actual laptop in real life. They are quite cute, much smaller than a regular laptop, though there were quite a lot of random holes/buttons/etc on the laptop that I think they should cut down on.

by Mike at December 11, 2006 12:31 AM