Example Visualizations of email communications

Jeff Potter collaborated with danah boyd on this (see previous entry)

I must read this!

Faceted Id/entity:Managing representation in a digital world
" In order to manage one's identity and representation, individuals rely on contextual information about the environment around them. While they are quite adept at negotiating the complexities of contextual feedback in the physical world, the digital realm challenges their expectations by providing an entirely different set of rules. Focused on giving users control over their digital identity, the thesis research documented at this website discusses issues of contextual negotiation, self-awareness, and faceting of one's identity for management purposes."

another smg thesis


HOC pg 01

Shirky: Communities, Audiences, and Scale

" Can we get the best of both worlds? Can we have a medium that spreads messages to a large audience, but also allows all the members of that audience to engage with one another like a single community?" The answer seems to be "No." "

Other forms of computer mediated community may form though - around a list - a site - or a blog or group of blogs? UpMyStreet GrubStreet

I am looking to find Visualisations of interconnections between blogs. Kinda like a wiki visual link map (see visual tour at the foot of the page). But with strength of connections indicated (in some way...).

Went to
Bringing Design to Software
Edited by Terry Winograd

to see if I could read:
The Role of the Artist-Designer - Gillian Crampton Smith and Philip Tabor
but it isn't one of the chapters available online.

Philip spoke about 'A space for half-formed thoughts' at Flow~Doors7

The following conclusion will certainly influence my approach to aural~visual reps of CMC space.

I think the challenge is to afford dynamic control of the 'boundary' between vagueness and clarity (primarily on a personal level).

1: Its metaphor is spatial, but its spatial character is not limited by the
constraints of real space and physics

2: It contains flowing patterns that reflect incoming data about the world. But
we don’t just see these patterns: we sense them as sounds and vibrations;
we feel them as wind in hair, taste on tongue, tension in muscles

3: Informational patterns are manifested in varying densities of this smoky
space; and

4: We can sharpen the outlines of things, make them harder and clearer. But
we’d only do so when we feel our ideas are ready to coalesce

Vagueness is sometimes a virtue, and clarity is sometimes a vice."

Looks like the TATE 'problem' was a local browser 'issue' - as it is working fine now - I think I was low on resources (too much multitasking) - so I have deleted the post ;) I wonder if anyone (except Jen leP) saw it anyway. It is weird not to know whether anyone/who is reading this :)

I got my first - that I am aware of - mention on someone else's blog the other day - which was kinda nice - it was by Matt[IC] - who maintains a very regular blog (pushed by email - which for me singles it out - I used to really enjoy gleanings which also came via email but it has dried up - maybe Christina has more important things to do?

Hopefuly I will one day soon too). I went to meet a potential supervisor at the OU's KMi last week - quite encouraging re my CMC visualisation ideas but I am not sure if he is the best/ideal person to supervise me - I am going to seek advice from those more knowledgable about this area in the InfoDcafé.

Some great Gresham Geometry Lectures by Harold Thimbleby

The two recent lectures have been about designing gadgets and microwave cookers. Lots of transferable techniques though...

His first lecture about The Computer Science of Everyday Things was a little disappointing to my mind, as it lacked clarity. I wish I had asked a question at the time...

azeem.azhar.co.uk: The BBC, community and opensource - not sure about the arguments put forward but...

prompted by Matt I thought I would also test
track(ing) back twice

probably only works within movable type blogs?

gr8 (NOT)

most of my links to cooper have broken due to the sites redesign
the articles and newletter pages are no longer there
the only one that does still work is The Myth of Metaphor

how annoying!!!

surely a simple redirect to the new location could have been left in their place?

I think I will write to alan and see what he says...

I have managed to lend my blagged copy (to somebody ¿) but at least the first 5 chapters of The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid are available online.


This book is simply brilliant!

Reading some of the recent papers by Robert E. Horn and thought I would check out
Engelbart: Augmenting Human Intellect (1962) which he mentions quite a lot. This particular section starts with an "historical progression in the development of our intellectual capabilities: Concept Manipulation, Symbol Manipulation and Manual, External, Symbol Manipulation."
This is very timely as I am currently considering the whole notion of connected (in that they are linked) and individual (both personal or collaborative) representations of cmc-spaces.

Also came across the Transformative Approaches Project, part four looks at visualisation and comprehension. Visualization: Augmenting human intellect on the Union of International Associations site?

the latest UIE article
The Art of Being Human by Nick Usborne

is a sort of short version (with a couple of examples) of the cluetrain manefesto which I linked to previously, but which is realy worth reading properly (i.e. in book form)

interesting the connection between this and small pieces lossely joined
by David Weinberger - Co-author of the cluetrain manifesto
where the second chapter (ignor the page title ;) is entitled Space - it is stated that the web isn't one, even though we think of it as such. But I am not convinced about this...

The idea of maps showing different levels (or perspectives) and possibly also their corresponding interelations is something potentially pretty powerful.

If you can create a map of it then surely what the map represents is some kind of space (even if it isn't tangable).

Understanding what the map depicts and therefore being able to interpret or understand it is another thing...

There is the argument that text is central but when coupled with images (and possibly sound) can text be taken further than when it is unacompanied?

Fifty States Licence Plates


and ward *is* the inventor of wikiwiki

The list of reasons why ease of use doesn't happen on engineering projects - UIWEB.COM

was ten (already fourteen :)

some interesting ideas on the OpenDoorsProjects page

far too many great MAS 963: Social Visualization readings...

these pics are currently hanging on the wall downstairs


I think they're great!

Reminds me of Bresson

*** capturing a moment ***

flux - contextually defined models of language "interactions between these words. Synchronic imprints are a representation which attempts to capture the interactions in a body of language, thus capturing the instantaneous relationships between terms"

sounds a bit like dirk [?] NOT

I really need wiki or swiki functionality in this blogger thang - so the interlinking is ?automatic and the **highlighting** and [linking] would be much easier too :(

Judith S. Donath's
Being Real to appear in Goldberg, K. (ed.) The Robot in the Garden [is this out?]

" How we know each other - how we perceive and construct the identity of our fellow humans - is a difficult question, entangled in the subjectivity of our social perceptions and the many and often opaque motivations of those whom we are attempting to comprehend. It is a difficult question in the real world, where signals as subtle as the slightest raise of an eyebrow can indicate, to those astute enough to notice, a wealth of information about one's allegiances and beliefs - and where we exist amidst a cacophonous abundance of such signals. It is an even more difficult question in the virtual world, where the medium has nearly silenced the cacophony, leaving us to seek scarce hints of identity amidst the typed messages and static, stilted homepages. "

Have been considering the notion of flexibly controlling what is seen of ones-self - if you like, what clothes you wear online - in a particular place or at a certain time - from invisibility cloak (lord of the rings~harry potter) to team colours (crypts#bloods) and from brief flashes of pink plimsoles (which I saw this morning, peeking beneath an anotherwise dour suit) to the bright stripey jumper (as my post-punk *uniform*)

informed in part by my brief experiments of looking/dressing diferent/ly in Habbo

sp!ked-IT | Article | Leonardo made limited

" 'piked is an online
publication with the
modest ambition of
making history as well
as reporting it. 'piked
stands for liberty,
experimentation and

have seen this quote rather a lot recently

"people willing to trade their freedom for temporary
security deserve neither and will lose both"

found alongside

an alphabet book

on the deep and meaningful Ben Fry's home page

via the latest infoVis article

|gamebutton arcade|

pbf - this kinda demonstrates (in a similar way to SFCave) that small scale design within very tight constraints can produce creative solutions that are effective within potentially more complex environments - this is akin to appliance design, which aims for the lowest common denominator but the resulting simplicity provides benefits for more sophisticated users/systems. These types of benefits are also found when designing for less able users (e.g. the elderly and children) and improving systems for all.

One particular quote springs to mind (which may of course be inaccurate):
"Improve design for the elderly and you improve design for the young"

which is I think from one of these sources:

Rabbitt P. (1990). Age and Design: Age and Design for New Technology.
Age & Cognitive Performance Research Centre, University of Manchester.

Rabbitt P. (1993). When do old people find displays difficulty? IEE
Colloquium on Special Needs and the Interface. Digest No 1993/005.

retraced to an old infoD cafe posting

Vector Park
got to this 'delightful' site having browsed through some slides at MAIMM (see old post) - which is not closed off to the outside world :(((

Loads of great references and links from what sounds like a pretty good book

The Design of Sites - Resources