Where Do Web Sites Come From? Capturing and Interacting with Design History

Scott R Klemmer, Michael Thomsen, Ethan Phelps-Goodman, Robert Lee, James A Landay
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2002
To form a deep understanding of the present; we need to Þnd and engage history. We present an informal history capture and retrieval mechanism for collaborative, early-stage information design. This history system is implemented in the context of the Designers’ Outpost, a wall-scale, tangible interface for collaborative web site design. The interface elements in this history system are designed to be ßuid and comfortable for early-phase design. As demonstrated by an informal lab study with six professional designers, this history system enhances the design process itself, and provides new opportunities for reasoning about the design of complex artifacts.