information navigation can be fun

21 Jun 2006 - 3:43pm
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Eugene Chen
2004

This is really terrific:
http://www.di.fm/edmguide/edmguide.html

Trying to figure out why...
- I think one thing is that so much space is given to navigating the space
and comparatively little is given to the leaf topics (just the box in the
lower right and the music itself).
- Responsiveness! zero latency = no reason to stop
- It's always fun to check out an old subject in a new way.
- You can multitask by listening to one item, while planning your next
selection.
- Some kind of interesting multi-channel juxtaposition going on. Like
listening to information or jukebox as wikipedia
- There is a particular aesthetic--this design makes drinking from a
firehouse seem fun. (this woudn't always be true and the exact opposite
approach could be cool too, but they really pulled it off)
- Getting lost is ok if you always end up somewhere interesting.

Usually I'm not so bullish on applying info vis techniques to designs,
because although they are fascinating, they often come off as convoluted and
unapproachable. But it seems like some of this could be applied to other
domains. For instance, when shopping for books, or wikipedia articles,
navigation is usually just a step on the way to item or article page. Why
couldn't it be more like spreading out a bunch of objects on a table and
seeing how they relate?

Eugene

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21 Jun 2006 - 9:17pm
Simon Asselbergs
2005

The subject says it drives to our core. Why shouldn't it be fun?

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23 Jun 2006 - 2:39am
Diego Moya
2005

On 21/06/06, Eugene Chen <eugene en amanda.com> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

> Usually I'm not so bullish on applying info vis techniques to designs,
> because although they are fascinating, they often come off as convoluted and
> unapproachable. But it seems like some of this could be applied to other
> domains. For instance, when shopping for books, or wikipedia articles,
> navigation is usually just a step on the way to item or article page. Why
> couldn't it be more like spreading out a bunch of objects on a table and
> seeing how they relate?

Do you know the Tools/Navigation popups for Wikipedia? You'll love it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tools/Navigation_popups

It provides a convenient way to see the definition part of hyperlinked
articles, and it allows for arbitrary depth of traversal through
Wikipedia.

23 Jun 2006 - 2:04pm
Eugene Chen
2004

Often navigation is looked at excise, as a task on the way to a goal, a
hallway to a room. I certainly think this way a lot myself--perhaps it is
inherent to the "design as problem solving" stance. With that attitude, our
goal is to remove the problem swiftly and efficiently and disappear.

This brings to mind the old twist of the journey being the
destination--cliché aside.

Certaintly we don't go to restaurants with only the goal of coming away
feeling full or "not-hungry". Being hungry actually becomes an opportunity
for something interesting to happen.

Presented with the situation, "a person wants to find an inexpensive digital
camera", design thinking often approaches this as a "problem" to be
"solved", but another way to think of this would be as a point of departure
for a potential experience.

eugene

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From: Simon Asselbergs [mailto:interaction-designer at lycos.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:17 PM
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The subject says it drives to our core. Why shouldn't it be fun?

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