Involution Studios’ Arlington Visual Budget Selected as a 2014 MITX What’s Next Awards Finalist

by emily on April 11th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Arlington Visual Budget recognized for innovation, value, and impact.

BOSTON, MAInvolution Studios today announced its Arlington Visual Budget has been selected as a finalist in the Best Doing Good Innovation – Product and Most Insightful: Big Data and Analytics Innovations – Product categories for the MITX What’s Next Awards. This year MITX combined its annual Innovation and Interactive Awards into a single show recognizing Boston’s entire digital ecosystem.

Since 1996 the MITX Award shows have grown to become the largest and most prestigious awards competitions in the country for marketing innovations, celebrating the best creative and technological accomplishments emerging from New England.

“The finalists that emerged from an unprecedented number of submissions received for this year’s MITX What’s Next Awards demonstrate the creativity and innovation of our region’s rich digital ecosystem,” says MITX Board Member and Communispace Chief Operating Officer Howard Kogan, who serves as Chairman of the MITX What’s Next Awards Advisory Committee. “From startups to large corporations and everything in between, the individuals behind this work continue to raise the bar for the entire digital community.”

Arlington Visual Budget

AVB provides the next generation of accessibility in financial information that enables citizens to see, engage, and discuss.

The Visual Budget system converts the town of Arlington’s revenues and expenditures to simple graphics and charts that describe Arlington’s finances. It also provides definitions for complex budgeting terminology, and includes a tool where residents can input their yearly property tax bill and find out exactly how the town spends their tax dollars. Taxpayers can learn about town revenues, expenses, and funds displayed in both graphical and tabular formats. What’s more, the system enables users to provide feedback and ideas, an essential component of empowering citizens with both information and a greater voice in decision-making.

Town Management Analyst Michael Bouton said he was happy to work with Involution’s creative team on the project. “It was a blank canvas,” Bouton said. “We came in with an idea and the conceptualization of it was them.” Involution designers Roger Zhu and Ivan Dilernia donated their time, and the company has made the code for the project available online for other town governments to use. An Arlington resident, Involution’s Creative Director Juhan Sonin was excited about the collaboration, saying “It’s a part of our civic responsibility as designers to get involved in the design of policy.”

Involution Studios will be recognized with the other finalists in the Best Doing Good Innovation – Product and Most Insightful: Big Data and Analytics Innovations – Product categories at a gala awards ceremony traditionally attended by over 1,000 of the region’s top interactive marketing and technology professionals. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westin Waterfront Hotel on May 29th.
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About Involution Studios
Involution designs and builds exceptional software for innovative and visionary companies. We deploy small and experienced teams to create applications that are highly usable and appropriately beautiful. Our client list includes Apple, AstraZeneca, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Shutterfly, and Yahoo. For more information please contact info@goinvo.com or +1 617 803 7043.

About MITX
Established in 1996, MITX — the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange — is the leading industry organization focused on the web and mobile, bringing together the digital marketing, media and technology community to engage in what’s next and how it will impact the marketing and business worlds. Connecting more than 7,500 professionals in New England, MITX is a dynamic community of thought leaders and collaborators in search of insight, education and opportunity. Creator of FutureM, MITX is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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Involution’s Health Axioms Featured on NPR

by emily on April 10th, 2014 - Comments (0)

NPR Health Axioms Story

Involution’s Health Axioms are grabbing the attention of the health innovation community.

NPR Health Blogger Nancy Shute posted her impressions of the Health Axioms recently in If A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words, Could It Help You Floss?

After getting her own Health Axioms in the mail — with a personal note — Shute called Involution’s Juhan Sonin, one of the creative minds behind the deck. She had spread the cards on her desk at work and watched her co-workers’ reactions, which ranged from “Health tarot cards!” to “But who are they for?” Not surprisingly, Sonin was frank in saying that the decks reflect a first-release “primordial ooze stage” and that he hopes to get feedback and ideas from a broad audience. Given the number of responses already posted to this one article it’s clear that people want to talk about health and want to be heard.

Shute lets the cards speak for themselves by including several images from the deck, summing them up as not Crazy Eights but having their own “geeky charm,” even with Manga-style illustrations reminiscent of “Soviet propaganda posters (but in a nice way)”(!) She let colleagues bring them home, reporting both delight (from a 10-year-old) and shrugs of indifference (from teens). She was puzzled by two of the axioms (“Know Your Numbers,” “Who Is Your Wingman?”) and demonstrates how quickly these two became worth the small effort of reading the card backs.

Read Shute’s blog post. Check out the Health Axioms. Let us know your thoughts.

Learn more about/order Health Axioms.

About Involution’s Health Design Practice
For almost 10 years, Involution has been building software for health companies of every shape and size, from household names like AstraZeneca and Walgreens, to research leaders like the Personal Genome Project and Partners HealthCare. We also work with the most exciting and progressive health startups. We’ve made digital healthcare our top focus.

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Designing with Data at UXPA Boston 2014

by emily on April 9th, 2014
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User Experience Conference 2014

May 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
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The wealth of tools recently released makes it easier to stitch design assets together into “interactive prototypes.” The limiting factor in these tools is that they rely on the static data in your […]

Information Design Amateur Hour on CNN

by emily on April 8th, 2014
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Dirk Knemeyer on multimedia information design.

Over the past month numerous news outlets–CNN in particular–have devoted extensive coverage to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. While the story is certainly a tragedy, the degree to which its coverage has eclipsed that of stories like the Ukraine situation is a little curious. Regardless, what really raised my ire most recently was […]

Involution Studios Sponsors 2014 GET Conference

by emily on March 28th, 2014
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GET Conference Logo

GET Conference
April 30, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

Ballroom at the Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02141
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Involution Studios is a sponsor of this year’s GET Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts next month. Organized by PersonalGenomes.org, the Conference is planned each year to coincide with […]

Involution Principal Selected to Judge 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge

by emily on March 27th, 2014
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37 Million Mile Data Challenge

Involution Principal Jon Follett has recently been selected to judge entries in the 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge, sponsored by The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Using data from the Massachusetts Vehicle Census, contest participants will have six weeks to determine why Massachusetts drivers burn up 37 billion miles […]