Why Experimental Interfaces Should Include an Application Programming Interface

  • Stan Ruecker
  • Peter Hodges Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Nayaab Lokhadwala Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Szu-Ying Ching Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jennifer Windsor University of Alberta
  • Antonio Hudson Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Omar Rodriquez University of Alberta
Keywords: Application Programming Interface, API, Experimental Interface Design, Digital Humanities, Prototype


An Application Programming Interface (API) can serve as a mechanism for separating interface concerns on the one hand from data and processing on the other, allowing for easier implementation of alternative human-computer interfaces. The API can also be used as a sounding board for ideas about what an interface should and should not accomplish. Our discussion will take as its case study our recent work in designing experimental interfaces for the visual construction of Boolean queries, for a project we have previously called the Mandala Browser.

Author Biography

Stan Ruecker
Stan Ruecker is Associate Professor at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, 350 North La Salle Street, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL, USA 60610