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Facebook Timeline is an exemplary bit of interaction design that does little to advance the timeline formally. Yet it might alter the nature of human memory itself. A Domus Magazine design report from Palo Alto by Dan Hill.

“It’s a simple design, with a deftness of touch in its elements, and as a form of flexible composition — the art of web design layout — it just works. As Timeline expands, the content unfurls before your eyes, not like the ‘res up’ of a video game, but with a sudden ‘pop’ of images, text and other people. […]

Given this easy orchestration of media, apps, games, services, places, objects, people, and relationships — the core social objects of this world — we might even see Timeline as a sketch of an entirely new operating system interface, in which your data, and its semantic containers, is organised over time, rather than by the pseudo-spatial layouts of desktops.”

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Accompanying the review of Facebook Timeline, Domus has also published an interview with lead designer Nicholas Felton about filtering the noise of social media and mirroring personal memory.

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