According to a study measuring cognitive capacity, the more associations we can generate around a single idea, the better we are off with our mental hygiene. Even one line of thought is able to mobilize a bunch of memories, thoughts, affections or pieces of information that are linked involuntarily. In the era of hypermedia, most of the communications are trafficked on a space (World Wide Web) of a similar structure architecture with links. If the brain makes connections between neurons via synapsis, its equivalent in the cyberspace is hypertext that weaves a web and navigates through the myriads of its contents.
The notion of hypertext was first articulated in the 1960s, and its coming to age was informed by the developments in information communication technologies (electronic displays) and the novel form of postmodern consciousness. Hypertext is a radically new form of textuality and publication mode for texts that shake up the linear logic of the former cultural output of the Gutenberg Galaxy.
Hypertext – electronic blocks interlinked by multiple paths – are:
a, open-ended, has no beginning or end
b, its sequence is reversible
c, offers different pathways
d, always incomplete
e, it branches and the direction of the progress is determined by the choice of the user
f, instead of linear pathways it navigates through intuitive jumps between nodes
g, is to be described by terms of »link«, »node«, »network«, »web« and »path« 2
If printed books traditionally formed a closed universe of text-being – its integrity and cohesion was only disturbed by footnotes or the listed literatures in the back – hypertext exists on the same level and on the same platform with every other cultural product previously produced (and digitalized). Hypertext is an additional or hidden dimension of a text, that references other texts and interlinks contents of great distances in time and space – most easily via tags.
According to Marshall McLuhan, as hyperlink connects textual with non-textual (audiovisual) information, it expands the notion of textuality beyond the verbal and reaches the state of hypermedia that channels senses other than the visual.
1 Theodor H. Nelson
2 Roland Barthes
Sharing knowledge, opinion or even early stage ideas is of crucial importance within the domain of corporate communication. As a fundamental organizational principle, the corporation (‘united in one body’) treats many brains and bodies as an entity in coalescence in order to have the same grounds for achieving common goals. Brainstorming activity derived from corporate culture is one of the most popular tactics to channel communication and offer free flow for uncensored thoughts at the same time. The method was also successfully adapted with freelancers who work remotely or separately on project-based temporary collaborations. Tracking the progress of ideas (brainwriting), record random associations (mind map) or sketch up a tableaux of sensual visuals (mood board) are ample means to back up the ideation of both individual projects and creative group work. Inspire offers a platform for documenting these workflows, while it also adapts a kind of technological uniform to the thought patterns without chaining it to an exclusive media. The collaborative application supports remote work via the integrated chat feature that enables synchronicity in the peer-to-peer communication. Inspire references hyperlinks from various multimedia or social media platforms (video, audio, maps, texts, charts) and embeds them with a united design frame.
– real-time collaboration and chat for groups
– easy navigation and zooming function
– best way to make flowcharts and brainstorming
– uniform visual (graphs, nodes)
– organize inspirations and collecting ideas structured
– embeddable dynamic media
“When you work on a project, you tend to use a huge amount of social media sites for communication, sharing. To follow and curate all the accounts simultaneously takes an irrational effort, divides attention, so there is an increasing need for a platform that is able to integrate all the information.” – Dia