It's been synaesthesia week online:
- From the BBC, "A blind student has developed software that turns colours into musical notes so that he can read weather maps."
- Mr Jones on Mr Moore and the idea of synaesthetic handset user interfaces: "It would be wonderful to harness synasthesia in the UI of mobile devices. Going beyond multimedia output and multimodal interfaces - delivering meaning in Gladwellesque thin-slices of preattentive recognised patterns."
- Mrs Jones on autism and synaesthesia: "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."
A few years ago I read the excellent Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens, a book on the subject (recommended). Interesting stuff, but I'd never even considered its relevance to work-stuff like user interfaces before...