(2022) Personal work
In spite of its pervasiveness, the mouse pointer is readily overlooked in a desktop’s graphic user interface. Some may argue this is by design. [read more]
While users fixate on screen content our minds assimilate the human-readable interface, and with increasing digital literacy the software apps and operating systems become second nature. Central to this is the pointer, which changes state and functionality in response to where it is guided. Since 2016 the number of people accessing the internet via desktop was overtaken by those on mobile devices, and whose touchscreen capabilities make a mouse redundant. On desktops however, the pointer is far from being displaced and continues to be one of the longest standing elements of the digital experience as we know it. To find out more read Marianne van den Boomen’s Transcoding the Digital: How Metaphors Matter in New Media.