To support his teaching of Human-computer Interaction, and especially Information Visualization, Bob has made, with the assistance of Colin Grimshaw of the Imperial College TV studio, a collection of short video clips.  Some are listed below and can be downloaded.  They form part of a collection of 37 videos available on the DVD enclosed with the book: Spence, R., (2007)  Information Visualization: design for interaction, Prentice-Hall.  Identifiers (e.g., V31) refer to that DVD.


V2   The Attribute Explorer (3.5 minutes, 37MB)

V11 The Bifocal Display 1 (13 seconds, 2.8MB)

V12 The Bifocal Display 2 (60 seconds, 12 MB)

V29 Opportunistic Browsing (1 minute, 14 MB)

V31 The Influence Explorer (5 minutes, 48 MB)

V32 The Model Maker (5 minutes, 48MB)

V33 The Human Guidance of Automated Design (5 minutes, 80MB)

V34 The Prosection Matrix (3 minutes, 29 MB)





In 1994 Bob interviewed twelve eminent engineering designers to elicit their visions about the nature of engineering design in the year 2020, twenty-five years later.  To present these visions to a wide public Bob produced a film “Translations” (20 minutes), showing a dinner party taking place in the year 2020, the dinner guests being leading engineering designers of that time. Interestingly, although the subject of discussion was engineering design, many of the visions basically concerned human-computer interaction.


The film, which is in REAL PLAYER format, can be downloaded from


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Three items available on YouTube are relevant to Human-computer Interaction:


One is the original video (1980) describing the first focus+context technique, the Bifocal Display (aka Fisheye lens):


The other two are recordings of an interview with Bob Spence who had produced a film “Translations” (1994) showing visions, elicited from eminent designers, concerning the state of engineering design 25 years in the future.