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.”
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.