Intermediate representations are constructs which aid thinking by simulateanously embracing while also limiting uncertainty. They can provide clarity and a foundation for thinking in particular ways while leaving space for exploration in others.
Pointers is a particular form of intermediate representation focussing on enabling media design.
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Pointers are early prototypes that point in the way they work towards a possible property of the medium. They point towards this property not only for others, but also for the research itself. They might see something through the pointer that she has not been able to see before.
Götz Bachmann - Terms of Media