When I first saw the iPhone previewed by Steve Jobs during his keynote at last January's Macworld Expo, I had a sneaking suspicion that I had seen that interface before. In fact, I told Tim Wilson, "Man, that interface looks just like the one that is over at the TED conferences..." that I had sent Tim a link to the summer before.
Well, it *is* the TED interface and while Apple gets top nods for knowing a good thing when they see it, and for licensing it quickly enough to likely have it forever associated with them in the public's mind, I have to chuckle a bit. Why? Because I am sure that since the TED Conference is hosted by Adobe, they saw enough in the interface to invite him to be their guest.
That said, that makes it a rather safe assumption to extrapolate that they likely have "TED interface" initiatives already in place at Adobe. If you would like to see the iPhone interface in the loving hands of its developer, Jeff Han, look here.
What you will see is an interface that is likely the leading contender in the fluidity department, easily outdistancing its rivals for the crown in the "Get the Interface Out of the Way of the User" department. It is one honey of an interface.
When I let my mind percolate on the future and things like the TED interface married to applications like Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, Premiere and others, I have to grin ear to ear like an idiot. This is the kind of video phones and flying cars future we were all promised long ago.
Congratulations Jeff Han, you done good, man.
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