Co-Creating the Sensibilities

Been getting a number of e-mails, Facebook messages and comments on the blog that are suggesting a few more sensibilities that differentiate virtual worlds.

My original seven, developed over two years ago, are listed below and I write about them in this blog here:

Chuck Hamilton (Longg Weeks) and I keep banging on these things every time we get together. He is adding a sensibility that has to do with “Universal Visual Language.” His explanation is that in a virtual world the context or surround ships with the freight…or as he likes to say “A chair is a chair is a chair” in virtual worlds. No need to describe it in multiple languages because it is already understood by the avatars who encounter it.

The next one is yet another of those wild and whacky encounters that emerge from the soup that is Web 2.0. I was participating in IBM’s most recent Innovation Jam focused on the Enterprise of the Future. In one of the discussions we got into jamming on applications of virtual worlds to help support the Green Agenda. In the chat one of the Jammers asked me if I was Wada Tripp. He mentioned that he had been reading my blog and found it quite useful. Turns out that he was a Senior Director for Philips Design in Holland. Later he e-mailed me the following note:
I am a fan of your work and use a variation of your sensibilities. It is a great list. I always add one aspect I find valuable and that is “The Space of Serendipity”.
Especially in the light of innovation and creativity.

Finally, one of the wonderful things about working at a world-class institution like Duke is the truly awesome people you get to work with. I have had the pleasure of working with Julian Lombardi on a number of fronts over the past few months and we have really been pushing the think space on Virtual Worlds. One of the many keen insights he brought to my awareness in one of our recent discussions was how he viewed the virtual space (even non-avatar mediated) as a virtual place for integration. Just like a room where I am on the phone looking over your shoulder at an application on your screen and listening to a conversation across the room. I become the point of integration of a number of software programs and human interactions. By having a virtual place in cyberspace we can have an integration space that does not require so much back end coding ; )

Another of Julian’s gems is the Visual Compression of Information meaning two things…the ability to visualize and interpret data more effectively either individually or collectively and the fact that in virtual worlds, since we have always processed in 3D the visual compression and richness of the virtual world becomes an affordance in and of itself in helping us remember the interactions and insights gained during the immersive experience.

So there you have it: A few more to add to the list:

    Universal Visual Language
    A Space for Serendipity
    A Place for Integration
    Visual Compression of Information

Keep them coming and lets continue to iterate: Rip, Remix Reload ….. isn’t that the culture of the Web 2.0 world?

Over and Out from my basement in Raleigh ; )

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     /  March 22, 2010
  2. I absolutely love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own website and want to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Appreciate it.

  3. Christel Schneider

     /  October 1, 2013

    Love your blog. Just wondering about the two senses you added: Universal Visual Language and Visual Compression of Information – they actually exclude blind people. I would like to have an ‘awareness of virtual ability’ added. This becomes crucial in communication as you cannot use voice with a deaf person and can’t use visuals when communicating with a blind person in VW. It may be more obvious in RL.


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