On my flight over to Europe this week, I read Clive Thompson's column and was intrigued:

When we get to the last week of February, open your Google Calendar and choose the Month view. You'll see the previous three weeks grayed out. Only the next few days will be "active." If you want to see what you've got planned for more than the next couple of days, you have to flip forward to March.

Now ask yourself: Why does Google Calendar--and nearly every other digital calendar--work that way? It's a strange waste of space, forcing you to look at three weeks of the past. Those weeks are mostly irrelevant now. A digital calendar could be much more clever: It could reformat on the fly, putting the current week at the top of the screen, so you always see the next three weeks at a glance.
Interesting - this is exactly something we are working on for Lotus Notes Social Edition, a scrolling monthly calendar view. Beta coming later this quarter.

The article itself is interesting for raising the question, and the answer -- skeuomorphs. I have explored this topic similarly without using the clever word... it's the prisoner-of-the-installed-base situation. Years ago, I wrote a theoretical question -- what would a traffic signal look like today if we didn't have the historical example of a red/yellow/green light? The blog post is so old that it doesn't have the comments from the first iteration of edbrill.com. But it's the same line of question -- how do you get away from the things already established?

Link: Wired: Clive Thompson on Analog Designs in the Digital Age >

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