Radical User Interfaces
Ted Goranson

The Bowtie Model

Our studies in narrative dynamics are characterized by three large ideas:

• Interpretation is situated. You build a narrative by a sequence of disclosures. The meaning in the reader or viewers’ minds is constructed in a partnership with the artist. It is done brick by brick and the nature of the bricks is determined in large part by the sequence in which they are placed. There are complex laws and conventions we have in our contract between artist and consumer in this.

• Interpretation is dynamic. The notion of what is going on as perceived is highly volatile. The viewer’s mind is extremely busy working out meanings, anticipating futures and suspending ambiguities. This is true in the general populace, not just an elite few. What the viewer “knows” at any given time is constantly changing.

• Interpretation depends not only on the situation of what has been presented in the story so far, but what is in the experience of the viewer, the collected situations and situations-of-situations that are brought to the contract. Interpretation is therefore largely external.

We deal with these realities in our cognitive modeling, both in terms of the internal formalisms and the display of the relative dynamics. We have several graphical conventions we are exploring which you can survey at the parent page [Here].

At this location, we formerly hosted some long slide (60 minute) presentations on the BowTie concepts. You can contact me to optain them if you wish. But a great deal of work has gone into improving them, so we have removed the old material.

(This was a hard decision for us, because a goal of the site is to be a repository for old projects. But this project is still evolving, and the files involved are quite large. Track the new project at our live project site [Here].