Pocket India: The Re-Design

Pocket India is a re-design of a previous project about displaying a variety of types of data concerning a country. The previous project, developed under the studio environment at Northeastern University's Information Design & Visualization program, was a large-format print poster. The re-design sought to alter the size of the poster, improve and add to …

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Affinity Diagramming

AFFINITY DIAGRAMMING or the KJ method Affinity diagramming is a conceptual organizational exercise that can have numerous benefits for problem solving in team environments. Ideas are not only identified by a group, but then explicitly categorized and grouped. Enumerating instances and aspects of cultural phenomena—and categorically naming them—identifies trends and highlights differences. A phenomenon, whether it …

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Behavior/Experience Readings W1

Readings Week 1 Design for Behavior & Experience "Chapter 7 Hurried Ethnography for the Harried Ethnographer" Ethnography: A way of Seeing. Wolcott, 2008. What is the minimum or maximum time needed to be spent in the field to claim ethnographic validity? The researcher's belief that enough time will produce guaranteed outcomes is at odd with …

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Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research

Glaser and Strauss (1967); Strauss and Corbin (1990); Glaser (1992) based on Dick, Bob (2005)  Grounded theory: a thumbnail sketch ... Grounded theory begins with a research situation, and observations regarding such a situation. Constant comparison is the heart of the process. Compare interview data with other interview data, then make theories, compare that theory to interview data, …

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Glasses: This Object and its Origin

Objects exist in multiplicity. The physicality of this specific pair of glasses is just one perspective in defining these glasses. From where did these glasses come? Of what materials are these glasses crafted? What parts of these glasses are unique to myself? What important milestones have these glasses passed? Where and when do these glasses …

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Research Methods: Readings II

"Why Should Engineers and Scientists Be Worried About Color?" Link Bernice E. Rogowitz and Lloyd A. Treinish With the color map on the left, elevation is a continuous variable. However, its corresponding color scale ranges among approximately 5 discrete color categories. This confuses the reader. "One result of this work has been a set of colormaps …

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Research Methods: Readings

The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations Ben Shneiderman (1996) Information Seeking Mantra: Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand An issue arise as information systems grow in size--how to design for two cases: known-item search and browsing for patterns (In 1996) GUIs are becoming more advanced, more detailed, …

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