The nsider was conceptually born in the summer of 1999 in conversations
with ACG head John Maeda and Tom White. Tom researched the various enabling
technologies that could be used to construct the display, but it was not
until September that he acquired a set of materials to build the system and
began construction. Jared Schiffman and Casey Reas joined the effort of
building the first application of the nsider, which was an information
display discussing various media lab projects. Together Casey, Jared, and
Tom developed this application and along with it the founding ideas on
multiple perspective display spaces on which the later work was based.
In January of 2000 new experiments began with new applications
for the display, including both more literal and more abstract
presentations. Through these programs and discussions the potential of the
display was better understood. It was also at this time that the project
was given the name "nsider", a reference to the potential of displaying
slices of information across a display with N sides.
Close up of textual information space developed by Reas, Schiffman, and