Bederson, B. (October 2009)
Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) have received a significant amount of attention in the 17 years since they were introduced. They have enjoyed some success, and elements of ZUIs are widely used in computers today, although the grand vision of a zoomable desktop has not materialized. This paper describes the premise and promise of ZUIs along with their challenges. It describes design guidelines, and offers a cautionary tale about research and innovation.