The renowned graphic designer Clement Mok had these words to say about my work with
executive designer Jim McGreal. I was a partner with McGreal designing the World Book
Multimedia Encyclopedia CD-ROM user interface for both the 1998 and 1999 editions.
The citation below is from
Internet World, printed 21 September 1998:
If you look at the CD-ROM development world, there's a project where IBM
and World Book are putting together a reference title where the content
viewing environment is not only visually very rich, but provides cues on
a single screen. It's basically a single screen interface, so that you
touch things and they come up as [daughter] screens or pages with more
cues to go to other areas, other windows. So you're not really going
from screen to screen--it's a fluid transition, from event to event.
With the improvements in streaming data that will come over time, you
will get that fluid state, where you're not going from page to page but
from event to event within that container.
It's good that Mok noted the fluidity of the GUI for World Book, since we
strove to keep distractions to a minimum while putting the most functionality into limited
screen space. The GUI works at 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768 resolutions. The design
is intuitive and familiar, visual but uncluttered. We think it sets the tone for reference works in
general, not only for World Book but for our competition.