Non Computer Tool

In this unit you will:
- see modern display systems still are still based on non-computer display systems
- How old and new display tehnology are being merged
- learn about diplay systems social issues

New technology, old terminology

Information systems have been used for displaying data well before computer sytems existed. This is why many methods and termnology used in computer based systems have come from the pre-computer erra. A great example of this is the use of the term 'cel animation'. This term comes from the method of hand drawing and today it's used in computer generated animations.

traditional animators used pen and paper to creat black line drawings just as the modern graphics and animation artists who still rely on it in the early phase of the animation. In the past though artist would rely purely on manually drawing each frame of an animation using a light table. The animation artists would draw every second to third frame which would be the key frames, whilst other artists called btweeners draw the rest based on the animators instructions. 'Paint and fill' artists are the ones to colour in the animations// before their photographed one by one.

Today's animation artists would scan every hand drawn key frame directly to a software application which automatically perfoms the tweening and colour fills. Despite the major changes to diplay systems the terminology of traditional pre-computer systems are still ued today such as, 'light table', 'frame' 'key frame', 'tweening' and 'fills'.
All the frames are a part of what is called a story board such as this one

A storyboard is a visual plan of a video, movie or animation projects. It shows the the basic or sequence of a scene. Detail can be added through text describing the scene.

A storoyboard is a vital part of the planing stage for animators, designers and directors. The storyboard is not only used for the planing but gives the an idea to anybody the project may concern an idea of what the finished project. Storyboards have been used for centuries and is still used today in both traditional and digital methods. Despite new diplay technologies traditional methods of pen and paper are still the most used and versatile in displaying data.

Technology is evolving faster and faster each year but many traditional methods of diplaying data have not yet been replaced by electronic diplay systems.
such as:

  • a paperbacked book for simple and comfortable reading in bed or crowded public areas
  • business cards