Collaborative media technologies / by Katie Edmonds

While working on a lit review of collaborative media I came across a paper by Hiroshi Ishii et al, Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab, and this awesome video.

From 1989 to 1994 Ishii and a team of engineers and designers created TeamWorkStation, a combination of digital and analog media designed to support working groups by providing them with a virtual group workspace.

What I find most striking about this project is that the developers focused on pragmatic user experience, acknowledging that individuals use a plurality of tools, even when they're working as a group. This system is designed to seamlessly incorporate any and all material an individual might use in a group project, and make it accessible to the group through the virtual work station.