“Cortez” was a prototype of next generation business presentation software.
Futuristic Design, Inc.
Although it looks a bit dated today, this design work is still far ahead of its time even though it was conceived and coded up 14 years ago. The basic premise is that any business presentation is really a conversation that requires the ability to interact with the content to ask what if questions or change the data as needed on the fly to facilitate clearer communication. From a commercial standpoint, it still has not been achieved.
The hallmark of the design was to integrate disparate types of information and real-time communication capabilities in one workspace to allow for highly interactive discussions.
I do cringe a bit when I see the quality of the visuals these days, but this was the dawn of 3D UI and the online game engines were crude in comparison to what’s available today. Guess its the same feeling you get when you see a picture of yourself from the ’80’s.
PERSONAL NOTE: Of all the things I’ve designed, this is probably the most futuristic when originally done. It was recognized as futuristic and ground breaking by every Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley that I pitched the concept to – the only problem was that Internet bubble had just burst.