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Testing the SketchBook Pro App on the iPad

April 5th, 2010 · Uncategorized

Playing with iPad SketchBook Pro App

Dave Martorana was kind enough to let me play around with the
SketchBook Pro App on his shiny new iPad.

This was all done with my fingers. While it was fun, it is highly limited.

Limitations:

1) Not pressure sensitive—that means you have no control of your
line weight in real time. This is caused by the iPad, not the
software. The iPad interface is does not allow for pressure sensing.

2) Not precise–Hey, I was drawing with my fingers, so I had to let go
of precision.

3) 7.99 cents. A little steep compared to other apps.

Awesomeness:

1) It’s fun to fingerpaint/fingerdraw, once you let go of the fact
it’ll be a little loose. There’s a visceral connection to the drawing
when one uses fingers in the making.

2) Great to be able to zoom in, zoom out, and rotate the image with
finger gestures

3) Nice to have layers

4) Easy to email yourself the image once you are done

I am not going to run out and by an iPad quite yet. I would rather
have a tablet that allows for pressure sensitivity. Still, super fun,
and it’s a lovely device. I would probably opt for a simpler and less
expensive drawing app if I had an iPad. I think all the features of
SketchBook Pro are overkill given the limitations of the iPad
interface.

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Gigabit Philly—Picture Google Fiber in Philly

March 24th, 2010 · Uncategorized

I created these illustrations for a video that promotes Philadelphia
as the perfect testbed for the google high speed fiber initiative. The video will go live on Friday, but
I thought I’d get them up ahead of time. To find out more about the
public-private partnership in Philly to promote the City of Firsts as
a site for this project, please visit gigabitphilly.com
And if you have ideas for how Philly could use an ultra high bandwidth
data network that connects individuals, industry, and government,
please submit your ideas here.

You can also show your support by coming to the press conference with
Philadelphia Mayor tomorrow (Thursday, March 25) at 2:30 at City Hall
on the 2nd floor.

A high speed data network in Philly has the potential to accelerate
our medical, film production, university, technology, financial
services, and community sectors by letting people share massive
amounts of data rapidly—that means rich interactivity, problem
solving, and communication.

Gigabit Philly Videos
GigabitPhilly Site
GigabitPhilly Facebook Fanpage
Follow GigabitPhilly on Twitter

Can you imagine Gigabit Philly?

—Jonny Goldstein

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TrendCamp Wrapup

February 27th, 2010 · visual sensemaking

trendcamp: visualizing the future workshop

Lots of stimulating conversation and new connections at the world’s first TrendCamp. TrendCamp arose out of a session at BarCamp Philly on emerging web trends led by Mark Magliocco. People enjoyed it so much that people banded together to do a mini unconference about the future. Thus TrendCamp, which took place last night in space donated by a law office in Center City.

The attendees:
An eclectic bunch of technologists, educators, business people, marketers, publishers, media makers and many more.

Sessions:

I attended two sessions: “Augmented Reality” and “Retro Future Trends” and I led a session called “Visualizing the Future.”

Augmented Reality:
This session was thought provoking. One possible application of AR—to augment the often challenging reality of having to assemble something—For example an AR layer could show you where to insert your screw driver and start tightening a screw. The thing that stuck with me the most were the implications for marketing to people and the related implications for privacy. AR provides yet another way for us to engage with marketing and yet another way to track that engagement. When you realize that by it’s very nature AR is location based, that gets into whole new realms of privacy and digital interaction away from our desktops.

Retro Future Trends: Mark Magliocco talked about past predictions of the future—what panned out and what did not. He showed a bit of a great clip produced for 1964 World’s Fair about a utopian, clean, stylish, future. What do our fantasies about the future show about our hopes, dreams, and values?

Visualizing the Future:

trendcamp: visualizing the future workshop
Sharing a vision of the future

trendcamp: visualizing the future workshop
Many visions of the future, arranged chronologically, from now to 100 years forward.

I led this mini-workshop where I gave a quick drawing tutorial and then had everyone draw a scene from the future. Then we shared our drawings with each other and arranged them along a timeline from the near future to 100 years from now. Among the predictions—

1) Bio tinkering for fashion (e.g. Mom? Why can’t I grow a tail? All the other kids are doing it!)
2) Faster travel—-suborbital flight that got people around the world in a couple of hours
3) Augmented reality—-a drawing of a person walking around with a bunch of floating logos in front of her
4) Custom real time pharmaceutical fabrication and delivery—picture a patient in a hospital whose medicines are being created in real time, customized to her genome and current needs, delivered in just the right dose as needed.
5) Rich real time distance interaction

I was very proud of the participants who dove into drawing their ideas even though most were not professional artists or designers. They got their ideas across clearly, which is what the session was all about.

Afterparty: Had some unusually deep conversations with people at the afterparty. Especially enjoyed chatting with people I had just met at TrendCamp, Laurence Tom, Manny Rechani, and Paul J. Mathison.

Thanks very much to the organizers (Tyler Baber, Mark Magliocco and Mike Jewsbury, and Gloria Bell) volunteers, sponsors, and participants for helping make this event a success! There were many sessions I wish I could have gotten to, which is the hallmark of a good happening.

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VizThink Philly 7: Visualizing Group Purpose With Humantic Design

February 26th, 2010 · Uncategorized

RSVP HERE

In the upcoming VizThink, we will look at some processes and visual tools to make group collaboration more  productive.

Justin Witman and Fraser Marshall will lead a mini-workshop on visualizing individual character and group profiles, which can then be used to find collective group purpose.

When a group has a shared sense of purpose, collaboration becomes much more productive.

The duo are in the last semester of University of the Arts'innovative Masters of Industrial Design  program. At UArts, Justin and Fraser are focusing on "The science and design of sustainable collaborations, founded on basic principles of human behaviors that govern learning, motivation and purpose." They call this focus, humantic design.

When:
6:30-8PM Weds, March 10

Where:
Where:
Room 116 SHDH (downstairs)
Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
3620 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Between Spruce and Locust Walk along what would be 37th
street. Note: Locust walk is a pedestrian only area on UPenn campus.

RSVP HERE

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Pictures and Words from Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

February 18th, 2010 · Uncategorized

Visual Notes 1 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

Richard Saul Wurman delighted me when he spoke at the SenseMaker Dialogs last Tuesday in New York City. I remember picking up his book, Information Anxiety, for the first time in the early 90’s, a terrified and confident young man, and loving every little bit of it, the provocative micromanifestos, the frequent sidebars, the anecdotes, the impatience with the dreck that gets in the way of understanding. Turns out he speaks the same way he writes–stories, sidebars, provocation, improvisation. Any good improviser knows that you’ve got to know structure to be good. And nobody loves exploring and applying structure like Wurman.

Below are a few details from illustrated notes I created as he spoke.

View the full set of notes here.

Visual Notes 4 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

At one point Wurman railed at one of the audience members to stop taking notes. “Listen,” he cajoled, and then launched into an anecdote about how he managed to take way beyond a normal course load as an undergraduate by forcing himself not to take notes—just to listen and open himself to understanding. Of course, I didn’t take his advice! But I get what he’s saying . Take a breath. Put down the pen. Listen. I am actually doing this more often lately. Sometimes notetaking gets in between me and understanding.

Visual Notes 1 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

I loved his fable of a person sitting by a fire, progressing to groups of people around fires, connected by paths, evolving to what today is a city interlaced with roads. Poetic.

Visual Notes 2 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

If it’s hard it may be interesting. Comfort is the enemy, simultaneous terror and confidence are your friends. He poked some fun at a guidebook publisher, who makes a lot of money but doesn’t push the envelope of what guide book could be.

Visual Notes 5 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

You could hear his delight in playing with information, approaching it in different ways, going deeper and deeper, like peeling layers in a neverending onion.

Visual Notes 4 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

Wurman ended up by emphasizing the power of asking a good question. And maybe that is the beginning of the end of information anxiety. When you have a good question, you can start the hunt for the right information, connected in a way that makes sense, to create understanding.

Visual Notes 4 of Richard Saul Wurman at SenseMaker Dialogs

Thanks to Humantfic and The School of Design Strategies for hosting the event. I will post my thoughts about Gary K Van Patter talk which comprised the second half of the event in a few days.

Here is the full set of visual notes I created of Richard Saul Wurman’s talk. Enjoy!

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PhillyChi 4th Annual Design Slam Recap

January 23rd, 2010 · Uncategorized

Had a fantastic experience at the PhillyChi Design Slam. Here are a few photos and short video clips.

Here is how the slam was described before the event:

Contestants will participate in a fast-paced race to create the best design solution to a "made-up" real-world problem. Awards will be given to the victors

"During the meeting, participants will be teamed and introduced to a full-fledged hypothetical project, including appropriate client-side deliverables. They'll then have an opportunity to interview key players on the client's team. The session will conclude with proposal presentations from each of the groups to the "clients" and the assembled audience.

Then the "clients" team will choose a winner. Members of the winning team will receive a plethora of praise from your peers and an award.

My Experience:

Was put on a team with several other folks, only one of whom I already knew–Ruth Kalinka. The hypothetical project was to create a new strategy for a general retailer "Archer Inc." who competed with Target at the high end and Wal-Mart at the low end. They wanted to build a bunch of new locations that would have higher profit margins than their existing stores. They also wanted to make inroads into two distinct market segments, "Eco-Fashionista" Moms and "Sportscenter" men. They also wanted to lower their costs while going in a greener direction.

After hearing the brief, we had 45 minutes to come up with a presentation. We had no trouble coming up with ideas, but filtering them and synthesizing them was more of challenge. That did not stop us from trying though! We had very diverse group–from mechanical engineer, to information architects, to visual designers, to a graphic facilitator. I pulled out all the stops giving a musical intro when it was our turn to present. We took turns presenting different pieces of our proposal, but unfortunately ran out of time before everything was presented.

Todd Warfel and Kelani Nichole's group gave what I felt like was the most coherent and businesslike sounding proposal, and indeed their team won. I was told over beers later that our group came a close 2nd.

The main thing is it was fun, challenging, and a great way to stretch and meet new people.

Special Bonus: One of the stakeholders in the fictitious company played the part of founding family member, Jake, who had completely different ideas from the company's management team. He went from group to group throwing wrenches in everyone's ideas. I loved this detail.

Thanks to PhillyChi for producing the event and Messagefirst for  hosting it and all the participants and specators. Great stuff.

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Remote Visual Sensemaking and Information Visualization

January 14th, 2010 · information design, Information Visualization, visual sensemaking

remote information visualization

When a technology startup needed some help clarifying the their pitch to VCs, they asked me to help. Only I was in a different city. So we did a web conference and we discussed their product, value proposition, and the profile of the VCs they would be pitching. As we talked, I provided real time visualization via a shared virtual whiteboard.

These are sketches-not finished visuals. The point of these is to make sense and provide insight, not to look polished.

They then turned around and used those sketches to create finished visuals to incorporate in their presentation deck. The visualization session also helped them clarify what they had to offer and how to communicate that value. This kind of back and forth conversation, facilitated by real time visualization, is what the people at Humantific call visual sensemaking.

I love that term, visual sensemaking. When you can make sense of something, that’s the first step to insight and informed action. There is nothing I like more than helping clients make sense of complex information and use it to take productive steps forward.

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