Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"the art of vui"

From a column to be published soon.

The view (we have) of the art of VUI does not parallel the applied education and craft found among the professional practitioners of the classic arts. In those fields, science is as much a tool as instrument, chisel, and brush. The expert composer deftly manipulates the mathematical intricacies of sound over time. The learned sculptor understands how to wield force against the limits of steel and stone. The master painter possesses the insight to blend and bend hue and light, oil and pigment. All three, though, along with the other arts, have a singular, common, and nearly unknowable component in the final product: the emotional result produced in those that experience their work. Yet that causes the artists to know and master their tools and domain even more.