If you’re a typical designer working in the software world, the majority of products you’ll create will have strictly two dimensional interfaces — length & width only, pixels on the screen. As interfaces have evolved over the years many have gained a very simple kind of “depth”: lighting effects, drop shadowing, and modeled surfaces. But they are (ironically) strictly surface effects: aids to perceiving flat objects on a flat screen in discreet layers. The illusion of depth is useful for managing a limited amount of space, and contributes to a more detailed and “real”-feeling experience. Yet like piled sheets of paper, they have depth but are not in any meaningful way three dimensional objects.
An alternate dimension that can be added to our otherwise flat interfaces is time. Read More