TJM Blog, November 25, 2001

From Article:

Dana Spiegel does interesting work on “creating visualizations of social groups online and…creating richly visual and intuitive online and augmented real-world social spaces.” (very Media Lab…). see his past projects. Here are some I like: Ambient DayPanner (1999) “The Ambient Dayplanner is a projected wall clock displaying time and short-term scheduled appointments. It provides a tangible interface for setting the reminder time, and has both public and private displays. The ambient quality of the clock allows it to fade into the environment, while occasional sounds and a small mirror reflecting light from the display onto the desktop keep the user peripherally informed about the immediacy of upcoming appointments without being intrusive.” PainterlyVisualization (1998) “This is an early attempt at Social Visualization. In PainterlyVisualization, a large set of human data-gathered using a web form-is visualized using abstract painting technques. This visualization style is a departure from traditional Information Visualization techniques in that it tries to give a “feel” for the underlying data without needing to be quantitatively exact. Because it use abstract painting techniques, PainterlyVisualization can encode a large amount of information in a small space; Shape, stroke size, stroke direction, rotation, hue, saturation, brightness, alpha, and other brush characteristics can all carry information, creating a visually pleasing and immensely informative display.” PeopleWeb (1998) “PeopleWeb is a system to extract, from text communications between people, data about each person’s interests and their connections to other people. By parsing the email of a group of people-using pre-existing and generic text analysis packages-PeopleWeb discovers the social network within that group of people. It then further determines who is an expert on what subject (based on simple metrics) and assigns a direction of information flow to each connection between two people. Using self-organizing graphs, this information flow network is displayed to the user. The internal information-flow map is constantly updated to ensure that this information is kept timely.”