Space To Think

Synopsis:

This article examines the use of large hi-resolution displays to enhance the cognitive process by providing a form of visual memory and a semantic layer.

Pros:

1) The increased real estate allowed the users to have more documents in their immediate line of sight thus serving as a form of visual memory.
2) The larger display allowed the users to organize the information as per their convenience. This enabled them to quickly consult many files simultaneously and glean the required information.
3) Virtual navigation (looking for files on the file system) was replaced by physical navigation (glancing and looking), which is more intuitive.

Cons:

1) Users might get lost in the myriad of information displayed to them, which might make it difficult to focus on a particular task.
2) No additional tools were provided which could make use of the increased number of displays, which might undermine the real impact of additional screens on user productivity.