Monday, June 23, 2008

Judge Every Book By Its Cover...

A new visual front end to the Amazon online bookstore (made possible via the Amazon API) provides a user interface to the store reminiscent of a 'real world' bookshop: Zoomii.

Watch the following video, or visit the Zoomii website. What elements of a 'real world' bookshop does Zoomii try to replicate?

How else might 'real world' metaphors be used to enhance visual shop displays?

One way may be to overlay books on a floorplan/map view, using an approach similar to this interactive office plan.

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