Stacking the Card Deck

This is an excellent overview of the emerging user interface paradigm of cards from Chris Tse. It attempts to answer the basic but still open question, “What is a card?” and proposes a very compelling if still not definitive set of answers. I don’t agree with everything in this presentation, but I think Tse gets at least a few things very right: cards represent a potentially powerful link between the open web and native apps, and that the “movability” or interoperability of cards are a critical factor in their success.

Tse approaches the conceptual foundation of cards as a proponent of open standards and in opposition to “lock down.” He delivered this presentation as a preview of, an effort to build “a Card Ecosystem based on Open Web technologies and Open Source ethos that fights back against rampant lock-in.”