Proceedings: GI 2000

The ChatterBox: Using Text Manipulation in an Entertaining Information Display

Johan Redström, Peter Ljungstrand, Patricija Jaksetic

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2000: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 15 - 17 May 2000, 111-118

DOI 10.20380/GI2000.16

  • BibTeX

     title = {The ChatterBox: Using Text Manipulation in an Entertaining Information Display},
     author = {Johan Redstr"om and Peter Ljungstrand and Patricija Jaksetic},
     booktitle = {Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 2000 Conference, May 15-17, 2000, Montr{'{e}}al, Qu{'{e}}bec, Canada},
     year = {2000},
     month = {May},
     pages = {111--118},
     url = {}


The ChatterBox is an attempt to make use of the electronic "buzz" that exists in a modern workplace: the endless stream of emails, web pages, and electronic documents which fills the local ether(-net). The ChatterBox "listens" to this noise, transforms and recombines the texts in various ways, and presents the results in a public place. The goal is to provide a subtle reflection of the local activities and provide inspiration for new, unexpected combinations and thoughts. With the ChatterBox, we have tried to create something in between a traditional application and a piece of art: an entertaining and inspiring resource in the workplace. This poses several interesting questions concerning human-computer interaction design, e.g., information and display design. In this paper, we present the ChatterBox, its current implementation and experiences of its use.