Lately, in the vein of a project I’m working on with Sri, I’ve been thinking a lot about analytics as it relates to personal growth and development.
Enterprises have used dashboards because, as the cliche goes, knowledge and information is power. And the credibility and confidence to make the right decisions. (ignore the fact that sometimes organizations who solely base decisions on metrics suffer from analysis paralysis).
When one thinks of the littered landscape of widgets- it’s essentially a personal dashboard (In fact, that’s what Apple’s widget platform is called). It presents the user information about some current or future situation: What’s the weather like on wednesday? What’s in my Netflix queue next? What are my tasks like?
Increasingly, there seems to be an overlap between this level of quick-reach access to information(widgetization), personal growth and development (personal optimization), and this super
It was similar to something I’ve looked at recently: My google SEARCH history. Wow, such fascinating (if somewhat creepy) stuff! I can check by times of the day, days of the week, and even see a calendar view.
If you look at my daily search activity, there seems to be a HUGE number of web hits on Mondays, and it straight lines down to Friday. This is, as far as I am concerned, inexplicable as of now. I have no idea why I’d be googling more on Mondays– I can’t even definitively say that it has something to do with my class schedule because this graph is generated over the course of me using google web search history, more than a year ago now probably. Fascinating, eh?
Today, Pete sent me a link to Microsoft’s the Future of Personal Health Care presented at MIX. Notice the emphasis on the exchange of information in a variety of visually rich media between the “user” and the people she interacts with.
What’s the deal? Everyone’s all hype about widgets lately.
While showering, I took a second to dream about what the ultimate killer widget would be if designed for yours truly.
First of all, none of this web app widget stuff. I already have enough tabs open in my firefox, thank you. I’d much rather prefer that a client Dashboard widget.
Now, on to the widget itself. So generally, I like the way they are thinking over at Wundrbar. Here are the elements I think it should have:
There are more requests, but I won’t bore you with them now. Maybe soon, I’ll whip something up if time permits.
Recently, I blogged about how designers might embrace the coming move (I think exodus might be too strong a word) towards virtuality. I mentioned that this might be a good stage to understand people, their interactions (and ultimately their motivations and emotions) for design purposes. Additionally, it is a ripe environment for rapid digital prototyping.
Whether or not the 3rd dimension is the gateway to all-out virtuality is debatable, in my opinion. I hold the view that richer interactions through social media (Facebook is launching IM) is the precursor that will make people embrace virtuality in lieu of the physicality they’re accustomed to. In many cases, this shift is happening because it’s more convenient to be sitting in your living room on your couch and “prototyping your life”. In other cases, it is happening because it is possible to overcome an awkward social encumbrance.
For instance, this article about people confessing their sins online.
Is there nothing sacred? Or better yet.. How long until we all will be worshipping at the altar of pixels?