CD-ROMs: Electronic artists' books?
I N T E R A C T I V E D E S I G N F O R U M
Issue 7 | January 2000
"Those of us creating artworks distributed on CD-ROM increasingly find our choice of medium criticized as quaint, if not perverse."
became of interactive CD-ROMs?
Around this time The Voyager Company was the industry leader, producing a library of interactive CD-ROM titles on art, literature, history and entertainment. It seemed a pretty good bet that this was the direction publishing was headed, especially when heavy hitters like Compton's, Random House and Microsoft began publishing multimedia reference "books."
Now, less than ten years later, the hot new technology for interactive multimedia is the Internet. Publishing sound, images, text, and video on the Web is the wave of the future. It seems a pretty good bet that this is the direction publishing is heading, especially now that the Encyclopedia Britannica is online.
technology delivers a superior experience
Then, too, the CD and its packaging is an object, something tangible that we can hold and look at even when the computer is off. This is a quality that we as humans appreciate, and is one reason printed books are still popular.