Readings' list

Mark Weiser, John Seely Brown, The Coming Age of Calm Technology, 1996.


Calm technology: designing computers so that the people being shared by those computer remain serene and in control.

Calm technology: engages both the center and the periphery of our attention.


Periphery: what we are attuned to without attending to explicity.

According to Weiser and Brown, a calm technology moves easily between our periphery of out attention to the center, and back. This is encalming because:

  1. we can attend more things in the periphery
  2. when we need to take control of something we move it from the periphery to the center.

According to the authors it is better to put more information and more details in the periphery.