“Beyond Flat Displays: Towards shaped and deformable interactive surfaces” is a workshop theme at this year’s ACM Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces conference at the MIT Media Lab, where we will present the position paper “Rethinking Spherical Media Surfaces by Re-reading Ancient Greek Vases”.

ABSTRACT – “In this paper, we propose re-reading of past artifacts and traditions as a possible way to inspire the design of future media on non-flat displays. As an example, we illustrate how different narrative typologies found in ancient Greek vases, circular story reading, bottom-up time reading, abstract and realistic contrast reading and reading in alignment, can yield alternatives to interactive content specific to spherical media. We conclude by pointing out design considerations regarding the composition of graphic elements on spherical surfaces.”

The full text can be accessed here.