Mark Aron Szulyovszky

Post-text messaging?

August 09, 2015 | 1 Minute Read

Have you ever been thinking about this little symbol?

I sometimes do. It gives me that anticipation, that sense of presence, which always makes conversations a lot more enjoyable.

I have a question though.

Why do we have this representation of a conversation as the standard?

This feels like something we inherited from here:

It does seem really useful to see the chronological order of the sentences, I have to admit.

But, what about… when you’re both present?

I feel like, that’s a special case, which can be a lot more… emotional? And also, where non-verbal self-expression can be a priority. I mean, in real life, I don’t have to wait till you finish a sentence to react - I can wave my hands, I can pull a face, I can start shouting.

If I want to represent a real-life, real-time conversation, it would look somewhat similar to this:

http://kanade-chizuru.deviantart.com/art/Typography-of-a-Random-Conversation-267526799

What if we dropped the strict chronological order in your favourite messaging app?

Then you could react to a message in an instant…

I have a very simple, buggy prototype right now that will enable you to drag messages around: Github

Can I throw it away?

Can I put it upside down?

Can I tilt it slightly to make space for a new topic?

Can I make the important ones bigger?

.. what else could I do?

If anything comes to your mind, ping on twitter!

This whole concept came from the long conversations with @marblekittykat, @bonsaielectric, @dmvrg