The TED Interface16 Apr 2009
I recently came across a site called TED. It’s a web site for the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference. The web site itself has a showcase of videos clips from conference speakers and is worth a look. The thing I want to quickly post about however is something I think is quite innovative … an interface I’ve not seen anywhere else (yet).
The TED home page displays a set of images based upon criteria selected in the page’s left hand list. The images are stills from different videos that are available to view from the site. The size of the image is relative to the other images and is based upon the selection criteria - e.g. “the most popular technology videos” would have the most popular video identified by the biggest still image. This is really just like an image version of a tag cloud (see the categories section in the right column of this blog). Many tag clouds give a precise indication when hovering on a link (e.g. number of occurrences), but this “image cloud” pops up an information box and displays the image at a standard size in the box - which helps see the smaller images.
I’ve not seen one of these before, but I can imagine that it will become more prevalent in the not so distant future.