Immersion by the MIT Media Lab is a view into your inbox that shows who you interact with via email over the years. Immersion is an invitation to dive into the history of your email life in a platform that offers you the safety of knowing that you can always delete your data.Just like a cubist painting, Immersion presents users with a number of different perspectives of their email data. It provides a tool for self-reflection at a time where the zeitgeist is one of self-promotion. It provides an artistic representation that exists only in the presence of the visitor. It helps explore privacy by showing users data that they have already shared with others. Finally, it presents users wanting to be more strategic with their professional interactions, with a map to plan more effectively who they connect with. The base view is a network diagram where each node represents someone you've exchanged email with.
DonationsBuilding a fact-based world view Gapminder is a non-profit foundation based in Stockholm. Our goal is to replace devastating myths with a fact-based worldview. Our method is to make data easy to understand. Your contribution will help us in our efforts to explain how the world is changing. Help us achieve a fact-based understanding of the world. Yours sincerely, Hans Rosling, Co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation Make your donation now Select your amount: Personal data is handled in accordance with the Swedish Personal Data Act.Building a Kick-Ass Social Media DashboardIf you are tasked with building a social media dashboard to track your efforts, look no further than this post. I have built many dashboards over the years and as a personal resolution to making my job easier, I decided to cut to the chase and get to the metrics that matter most. That means cutting out the everyday metrics that litter and cloud up the social media manager’s real success story. Now I am not saying that tracking followers, fans, sentiment, etc. is not important, but those are the vanity metrics that tend to give social media a bad name. These type of metrics are great indicators but they don’t really tie back to your business bottom line: driving revenue. With that being said here are the top metrics that I measure here at Marketo on a weekly basis. Referring Traffic from Social Google Analytics is a fantastic way to measure how much traffic is being referred to your website from the various social channels. Conversions from Social This one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Content Curation PrimerPhoto by Stuck in Customs What is Content Curation? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation. People and organizations are now making and sharing media and content all over the social web. Content Curation Provides Value from the Inside Out What does that mean for nonprofits and the people who work for them? For some staff members, content curation can be professional of learning. The biggest challenge to becoming a content curator is getting past the feeling of “content fried” or so much good content and so little time to digest it. The Three S’s of Content Curation: Seek, Sense, Share Content curation is a three-part process: Seek, Sense, and Share. Getting Started
Full Spectrum: 10 Books on Sensemaking for the TED 2012 BookstoreThis week, I’m at TED , where I had the honor of curating a selection of books for the TED Bookstore around this year’s theme, . Here are my picks, along with the original text that appears on the little cards in the bookstore, and my blurb about the selection: I believe creativity is combinatorial — it’s our ability to take existing pieces of knowledge, information, insight, and ideas that we’ve gathered over the course of our lives, and recombine them into new ideas. Curation – the purposeful filtration of information – is what fills our mental pool of resources with the most meaningful building blocks of creativity possible. In a way, it’s a sensemaking mechanism for the world, allowing us to see not only why different pieces matter but also how they relate to one another and might fit together. Gathered here are 10 curated books on the loose theme of sensemaking, from a visual history of the timeline to a biography of information to a handmade exploration of Indian mythology. by :
Toolglass and Magic Lenses: The See-Through InterfaceBier, E. A., Stone, M., Pier, K., Buxton, W. & DeRose. T. (1993). Toolglass and magic lenses: the see-through interface. , 73-80. Eric A. Xerox PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 (1) of Toronto, (2)University of Washington (TM) are new user interface tools that can appear, as though on a transparent sheet of glass, between an application and a traditional cursor. I.3.6 [ ]: Methodology and Techniques-interaction techniques; H.5.2 [ ]: User Interfaces-interaction styles; I.3.3 [ ]: Picture/Image Generation-viewing algorithms; I.3.4 [ ]: Graphics Utilities-graphics editors multi-hand, button, lens, viewing filter, control panel, menu, transparent, macro 1. We introduce a new style of graphical user interface, called the . Two hands can be used to operate the see-through interface. A set of simple widgets called is shown in figure 1. Click-through buttons. Many widgets can be placed on a single sheet, as shown in figure 2. A sheet of widgets. 2. Multi-Handed Interfaces 3. . Grids
Assessing Your Team's UX SkillsBy Jared M. Spool Originally published: Dec 10, 2007 "I didn't realize it required so many different skills," the newly-appointed user experience (UX) team manager told us. "I mean, it seemed so straight forward when we came up with the idea, but once we got into it, we kept realizing all the things we didn't know how to do." Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we'd heard this from a manager. Migrating Away from the Specialists Approach Traditionally, when an organization set out to build a UX team, they did so by recruiting and hiring individuals trained in the various specialties. However, most organizations couldn't afford such a team. Organizations that couldn't afford a team would then "wing it", training the personnel at hand to solve the problems on an as-needed-basis. Yet, over time, the specialties have become better at explaining what they do. Assessing the Team's UX Skills To help managers with the assessment, we've created a simple 130-point scoring process.