A few months ago I posted and circulated some work out of Sweden (Bonnier) and the UK (BERG) that was presented as a prototype for the next generation of magazines.
Then everyone went tablet crazy at CES, the iPad launched and now Wired has released their new format.
What is not surprising is that it is picking up a lot of the same design metaphores. It isn't surprising because they make sense.
My question is why is this limited to tablet devices? We can replicate this on the web and it would be a big step forward for magazine content. Especially when you consdier multi-touch track pads replacing mice as the primary pointing device.
CES is awash with people talking tablets and slates, and e-readers are finally getting traction. That is fine and exciting from a hardware point of view, but what about design?
Ever since Jakob Neilson gained popularity and promoted usability (often with top-left nav approaches), the web has been wrestling with usability versus design. I've been looking for a good visual summary of web page design from single column early sites, to top-left, to innovations like flash navigation, cover-flow, panel-driven interfaces and tabbed content elements (yahoo) but haven't found one yet.
Regardless, there is some really exciting work going on for electronic delivery of magazine.
This video from Bonnier, a Swedish media group, shows some amazing thinking and a great prototype.
It demonstrates what we all feel: that electronic delivery of magazine content can improve the user experience and that magazines online are not just about putting their content on websites.