Posts Tagged ‘UI design’

Web Components and Oh, Behave—
Friday Links

by emily on June 27th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Polymer project logo

Looks like Google has jumped pretty hard behind Web Components—This video from Google I/O has a good overview. And check out some of the examples, including their library of “paper components,” part of their “material design” initiative. Their fairly basic GUI editor shows examples of many of the existing polymer components.

The short of it: Instead of adding a bunch of divs with special ids and classes and then programming a bunch of javascript that runs on page load to fill those in with content based on results from an API, you use preconfigured, modular, and custom HTML tags to automatically hit APIs and render content. The big thing is that they provide a pattern on how to make your own components. And perhaps the even bigger thing is that they provide the pattern to have those be dynamically filled by APIs.

Behavioral economics chart (detail)

A lively lunch discussion came up around Behavioral Design Toolkits—Brains, Behavior and Design’s offerings to help designers grasp and even visualize the basics of behavioral economics, as well as ways to design for the irrational mind.

Behavior change strategy cards
Artefact Group’s Behavior Change Strategy cards—built on the Behavioral Design Toolkit concepts to “help designers, researchers, and anyone facing a behavior change challenge, think through strategies to nudge people toward positive behavioral outcomes.” You can download the cards from the site to try them out.

Helmet law change chart (detail)

Speaking of behavior change, the New York Times had a good visual/data story on motorcycle helmet laws—Simple and clean text and graphs tell the sobering facts.

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What We’re Reading—Friday Links

by emily on June 13th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Like many of you, we don’t differentiate that much among work, learning, and play when we’re surfing the interwebs. Whether it’s TweetDeck, RSS feeds, Facebook, or another of the innumerable info-streams we monitor, we come across intriguing content that inspires, informs, amuses, and even appalls us. So, now that we’ve got your attention, here’s what made the rounds at Involution Studios this week:

Atlas of Economic Complexity
The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity—From The Observatory of Economic Complexity, which makes international trade data and economic complexity indicators available through millions of interactive visualizations. A downloadable pdf, the Atlas“attempts to measure the amount of productive knowledge that each country holds” and does so through clean, beautiful information graphics. Interactive versions of the data graphics are also provided on website. We wish there were health indicators built in, but it’s very cool nonetheless.

Interactive map of Boston subway
Visualizing MBTA Data—An interactive exploration of Boston’s subway system. The “T” as we call it is the oldest subway system in the country, built in a city that wasn’t exactly laid out in sensible grid. As a result, it can be a little confusing, to say the least, to figure out how to get around the city by rail. Nonetheless, around 425,000 people, on average, test their mettle on the T every weekday. Now they, and you, can see what’s happening in the system in real time as well as see the patterns and trends on all four lines throughout the day. Send this to your UI-designer friends—it will make their day just to play with the data-driven graphs!

LightUp logo
LightUp—Augmented reality to help build electronics. Another one of the dozens of magnetic electronic kits for kids to use. The difference is this one has a smartphone app that lets you take a picture of your circuit and diagnose problems or visualize how the electrons are flowing. (The app was built in Boston as well.) Take a look at the demo.

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Invo Design Featured in FastCompany Co.Exist

by emily on May 29th, 2014
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Designer Eric Benoit crafted the interface for genetic screening results with input from Juhan Sonin, Adam Pere, and Emily Twaddell.

FastCompany’s Co.Exist column today posted Searching For The Hidden Health Heroes Whose DNA Prevents Disease describing an exciting genetic study—for which Involution Studios designed the report interface.

Led by researchers at Sage Bionetworks and New […]

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 […]

Involution’s Arlington Visual Budget Wins MMA Innovation Award

by emily on January 17th, 2014
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For Immediate Release

ARLINGTON, MA (U.S.) – January 17, 2014 – Online Budget Visualization Tool, Designed by Involution Studios with Town of Arlington, MA Offers Financial Transparency to Taxpayers

Arlington Visual Budget has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Municipal Association Innovation Award at the MMA Annual Meeting on January 25th in Boston.

Sponsored each year by the […]

A UX Podcast Playlist for Your Thanksgiving Travels

by Jon on November 26th, 2013
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This year, as you prepare for your turkey-day travels, stock up your smart phone with a playlist from The Digital Life podcast. More so than any other holiday, Thanksgiving requires that we all commute at the same time to somewhere … else. So, as you sit, bumper to bumper with your fellow Americans, be educated and entertained by smart […]

Involution’s Design Axioms Applauded in The Designer’s Review of Books

by Jon on February 22nd, 2013
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Dominic Flask, Editor of The Designer’s Review of Books, recently reviewed Involution’s Design Axioms deck, created by Juhan Sonin, along with Luke Wroblewski, Andrei Herasimchuk, and Dirk Knemeyer. The deck features striking graphics, detailing sixteen foundational principles that outline the essential rules of interface design.

Design Axioms Deck

The Design Axioms deck serves as a recommended pathway for […]

Involution establishes operations in the U.S. Midwest

by erik on July 26th, 2012
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COLUMBUS, OH (U.S.)—July 26th, 2012—Involution Studios, a software design consultancy based in Boston, MA, announced the opening of a second studio location in Columbus, OH.

“We are so excited about the new Columbus studio,” said Dirk Knemeyer, a founder and current chairman of Involution Studios. “From our first project in Palo Alto, California to our studio in Silicon Valley, then […]

Energy and Software

by Jon on July 23rd, 2012
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Energy is the industry that IT forgot — or at least until recently. While sectors as varied as finance and healthcare, entertainment and communications have roared ahead with digitization, automation, and analytics, the energy industry has not evolved as rapidly. Despite this fact, it’s clear that the future of energy lies in software. In both conservation and sustainability, software offers […]

Involution Studios designs user experience for CodeRyte’s Natural Language Processing health system coding software

by Jon on March 30th, 2012
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For Immediate Release
BETHESDA, Maryland (U.S.) – March 30, 2012 – CodeRyte, the leading and fastest growing Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer-assisted coding supplier in healthcare, is partnering with Involution Studios for the user experience design of its ground breaking health system coding software. CodeRyte’s sophisticated NLP technology streamlines the coding process and identifies clinically relevant information about medical […]

What the iPad Retina Display Means for Designers

by Jon on March 7th, 2012
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Today Apple revealed the third generation iPad with its Retina screen, bringing the most powerful mobile visual display to market with a whopping 326 ppi in its 9.7 inch space. Print resolutions typically range from 300 – 1800 dpi, which means that Apple has effectively brought mobile computing into that same realm, a significant step to say the least. […]

Internships and Apprenticeships at Involution

by Jon on February 24th, 2012
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At Involution Studios Boston, we’ve been lucky enough to design crazy, brain-bending, exciting software that changes the way humans work and play. Since 2004, we’ve been creating software for some of the biggest and best companies, not to mention over 100 different start-ups in various industries. Our alumni have worked for companies like Apple, Facebook, Adobe and IDEO. And we’re […]

Involution Principal to conduct applied UX methods workshop and expert session at HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference

by Jon on February 15th, 2012
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For Immediate Release

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (U.S.) – February 15, 2012 – Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will conduct an applied UX methods workshop and expert session at the HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference next week. The hands-on, interactive workshop will focus on real-world scenarios in measuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction of the user experience with Electronic […]

Software Design is a Team Sport

by Jon on November 4th, 2011
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I’m a big Boston sports nut. And, as cliched as the sports metaphor may be for discussions on teamwork, there are lessons to be learned from the collapse of the Red Sox, which was the worst in baseball history and has ongoing and transformative consequences for the organization. There were, of course, many reasons for the losing streak that took […]

Visualizing Data

by Jon on August 4th, 2011
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In this age of ubiquitous information, knowledge workers and organizations can be overwhelmed, even paralyzed by the mass of data presented to them daily, unable to make sense of it all. Our ability to collect data has increased exponentially as our lives and careers have become increasingly digitized. From e-commerce transactions to bodybug health sensor info to digital video capture, […]

Boston Talent Wars, iPhone Facial Recognition, and Freedom of Tweets

by Jon on August 3rd, 2011
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Here’s what we’re reading online, this week at Involution, on design, tech, and the digital life, in our links round up.

Tech Talent Wars: Boston
The Talent Wars are heating up in Boston, as tech companies of every kind, from start ups to Fortune 500 firms, unload their best artillery fire in the recruiting battle. One of the most original […]

Pushing Pixels and Carving Bits

by Jon on July 28th, 2011
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At Involution, our software design methodology approximates that of the industrial design process: Designers take an overall, system wide view of the product, and are responsible for specifying, as much as possible, the final form and function. This means that, just as an industrial designer understands her materials, be they metal or silicon, so too must the software designer understand […]