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Reflections: Atts & Lats

So far Nate and I are very pleased with what we were able to create for this class. The feed back from the installation and from other people who have played with the site has been incredibly valuable. The future for this project looks very bright. There are some simple things that need to be work on in terms of the back end of the website. There are a few little glitches that we found during testing. The design of the site seems to be well received. Most people found it easy to navigate. The next step for the site is to complete the facebook integration that will allow people to share their stories with their facebook friends. The data will hopefully be migrated over to the actual URT database at some point.

Thanks for a great semester,
Leif and (Nate)

Reflection: mockups for Urban Research Tookit

My final project was focusing on a small part on much bigger scale of URT. For this time, I was trying to figure out UI of setting up different projects in URT.  It was quite challenging for the audience of the exhibition to be engaged with the work since lots of the audience didn’t have any idea what URT project is for.  However, it was very beneficial to have some discussion with the peers who have been seeing the progress of URT.  They seem to be quite surprised to see how it has been progressed and curious about future of the project. And it was good opportunity for me to think about how the project would evolve later on.

Reflections: Urban Memories

Urban Memories: Jamie Kennedy

I created wireframes are for another version of the Urban Research Toolkit website called Urban Memories. They redesign the current website’s look and feel because it needs to be more visually appealing and differently organized to help the user view information on the site. The goals of redesigning the Urban Research Toolkit website were to provide different methods of viewing projects, provide different organization for records, explore display options, and rename the website to better suit its purpose which involves mapping urban space and personal experiences.
Through user testing the wireframes, I wanted to receive feedback on how easy it is to view information as well as how site organization is understood and navigated.

Feedback and observations:

  1. Shannon Mattern stated timelines are a tremendously useful feature with lots of potential applications. She thought I should consider other ways of organizing records by time.
  2. Kim Tate stated my wireframes had very clear interface, visuals, projects, and artifacts. Also, she stated the connection to larger context is essential – how photos/text, etc. is situated within projects must be evident and not isolated. She thought it would be helpful to allow for grouping of subprojects or multiple locations in projects.
  3. People liked the different ways of looking that I provided and thought it made sense to look at each but sometimes it also becomes powerful looking separately. Also, people thought looking at a project at a certain location over a period of time would be a powerful tool.
  4. Julia Wargaski noted that the visual and verbal cues needed to be connected. She stated that design elements took attention away from the text.

In conclusion, I thought the feedback was helpful and reassuring. It told me that the different ways of viewing information was a good start. In addition, it let me know that my idea could be pushed farther.

Reflections: FaithCloud

FaithCloud: Neha Shah & PamelaJane Mendoza

Final review consisted of showcasing our work on the research tool interface set in an experiential installation that was an extension of the context that our research tool was framed in.

Installation setting:
“Write your prayer or confession.. you never know who’s listening”
Aroma candles, Buddhist figurines, a kneeling pillow and a beautifully hand embroidered beaded spread created a spiritual atmosphere for this installation. This space was for people to engage in the experience of sharing a prayer, confession or thought related to LGBTQ in context of religion. In order to share their experience or thought they would kneel down and write on a small piece of paper. Also, they would tag their entry with a descriptive word which in relation to the interface could be used as a parameter or filter. When the person finished writing, they would stick it up on the glass with a pre-drawn timeline on it, thus replicating the post as it would appear on the online interface.
The space also featured our interface wireframes for the research tool. The wireframes displayed how the website would collect data and also how the researchers would interact with this data.

Feedback and observations:

  1. People were hesitant to submit a confession or thought because they were aware that it is publicly displayed. People felt that they needed time to write.
  2. Since the current interface requires the user to enter a specific date, Shannon Mattern suggested that the interface should be more flexible and encourage the user to specify the time period more than a stringent date.
  3. She also suggested adding various levels of administrative moderation on researcher’s interface
  4. Shana Agid suggested that this research tool had the potential to be translated into a phone application so that an experience could be recorded immediately in the moment.
  5. Rory Solomon felt that the research tool had the potential to be integrated and customized for requirements of project URT

Overall the project and thought process was well received. We found the feedback to be helpful and encouraging. As interface design strategists, it was a very enlightening to get direct feedback from the targeted users (researchers and contributors) that we originally designed for.

watch videos here:

Video 1 Video 2 Video 3

Urban Memories

[Urban Memories Presentation]

HistouricNYC – Phase 1

I will be refining the Intersections iPhone app, focusing on how the app guides the user through the city.

[Phase 1 pdf]

11-08-10: Mapping Precedents & Final Projects

“If the thinking task is to understand causality, the task calls for a design principle: ‘Show causality.’ If a thinking task is to answer a question and compare it with alternatives, the design principle is ‘Show comparisons.’”

- Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information

Interface & Mapping Precedents

Map Your Moves – WNYC Challenge
by many (crowdsourced) via WNYC Challenge, 2010
- Moritz Stefaner’s visualization

Turning from the Millennium
OnRamp Arts, 2000
- Created pre-Google map with inner city high school students & visiting scholars

Manhattan Timeformations
by Brian McGrath, 2000
- history of skyscraper transformations, fly throughs, 3D views

Bleeding Through: Layers of LA
by Labyrinth Project with Norman Klein, 2003
- includes special archive material, commentary
by Bestiario
- collection of interface / visualization examples

University of Wisconsin Arboretum Map
by Axis Maps, 2010
- features layered filter menu, choice of base maps, paths & areas

Center for Land Use Interpretation Database
- clean usable database for current and related projects

Visual Thesauras
by ThinkMap
- interactive database (view the trial) of words, explore map

RadioLab: About Cities
- what makes cities tick; metrics, pace of life

Final Project Topics:

Nathan & Leif: Attitudes & Lattidutes

Final Project Documents – amend or add as needed

Phase One Docs:

  • timeline for rest of term
  • final deliverables list
  • research statement / goals
  • research support: precedents & materials & people

Phase Two Docs:

  • actual user scenarios (real people please!)
  • task flow storyboards
  • taxonomies(talk with Ed Scarcele, TNS Librarian)
  • customized record type (if applicable)
  • information architecture
  • paper prototypes (sketches – test these before wireframes)
  • wireframes