Remnants of a User Interface: Examining Fingerprints on the iPad

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Sat, Apr 9th, 2011 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The iPad has no visible interface -- for example, a keyboard -- other than a flat piece of glass. While this gives the developers complete freedom of user interface creation, once the screen is turned off, its evidence disappears. Not so, thinks George Kokkinidis, of Design Langauge News. George ingeniously analyzed the left-over fingerprints after using different apps and what each tells us about the iPad's versatile interfaces. Check out the full gallery here.

My method involved cleaning the iPad's surface with a microfiber cloth, using an app for a short amount of time, then turning the screen off. Next, I photographed the iPad, positioning a light source and some black matte board to limit distracting reflections. I then brought the photographs into Adobe Illustrator, and created vectors of the iPad and the fingerprints to emphasize the data.

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