The irony of conducting an event called Tabula Rasa is that we’re not exactly bringing a clean slate to the discussion. Two digital media visionaries — Roger Fidler and Jeff Jarvis — are joining the conversation at Thursday’s activities at the Digital Sandbox Event Center in New York. It would be hard to create either an app or an operating system with better user-experience. Experience-experience, too.
Roger is regarded by many as the father of tablet computing. A seminal figure in electronic publishing and newspaper design, he envisioned digital newspapers and mobile reading devices nearly three decades ago. That predated personal computers and the digital ecosystem by years. Read his prescient essay from 1981. As Director of New Media for Knight-Ridder Inc. in the 1990s, he pursued his vision at the company’s Information Design Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, his team at the lab produced a video titled “The Tablet Newspaper: A Vision for the Future” that demonstrated how people might one day read newspapers and magazines on tablets. The video has gone viral on the Web since the announcement of the Apple iPad.