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CHAPTER 3

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Visual Interfaces

What Counts? 32

Text-Based Interfaces 32

Graphical User Interfaces 36

Visual Style 64

Visual Interfaces Paint Our Most Detailed Pictures of the Future 73

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Figure 3.1Jurassic Park (1993).

Most fans of the film Jurassic Park remember the tense scene in which two fearsome velociraptors chase the park’s remaining visitors into a computer lab, and while the two adults desperately try to barricade the door, the two children rush to a computer terminal. The young girl, Lex, looks at the screen and proclaims, “It’s a UNIX system. ...

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