design thoughts by rohan sandeep



Visualize me – Review

Category : Blog, Product Reviews Sep 18th, 2011

Information visualization helps display information with an interesting angle. Information that might seem mundane in the normal text format starts appearing interesting. A similar approach was adopted by ‘Visualize.me’ to display professional resumes using smart information visualization.  To do this ‘visualize.me’ connects to linkedin and pickups the data from there to display. How successful was their approach let’s give it a second look at ‘all above the hood’.

The Visual display is broken down in the ‘information display’ area and the ‘configurable’ area. The information display area includes – Experience, Education, Interests, Awards and Honors, Recommendations and links.  Most of these appear to be rather simple display of charts on timeline or quantity.

What’s Good?
The application seems to be simple but error free. The configurable options are elegant and a lot of thought seems to have gone through them.

What’s missing?
This application is supposedly designed to challenge the traditional resumes. Although the resume are mundane as you read. These do contain a lot of information that helps you decide whether a profile is suitable for a position or not. In that manner this application merely scratches the surface. It could do more.

What more could be achieved
How was one position different from others? What are the projects linked to an experience? What was the job title for a position? There are some interesting aspects that seem to be missing. Information visualization is often rich by the insight these offer.  Visualize needs to improve on this.  My suggestion is to provide the ability to add more detail to the information that is already displayed. Provide hover links and the ability to drill deeper would be some great functionality.

 

Facebook LISTS

Category : Blog, Product Reviews Sep 17th, 2011

Facebook has come up with up a novel content filter for displaying updates from different categories of friends. It has been docked between the ‘Favorites’ and ‘Apps’. On the first go this list includes – Close friends, Family, Your Company, Your College and your Location. You can customize your list by hovering over the Lists link which displays the ‘More’ link to a variety of lists. What’s more every time an update appears within your lists, you get a number next to the related list.

Isn’t this a smart idea? Yes it is. This kind of mirrors a feature in Google plus that enables users to filter content updates by different categories of contacts. This included Friends, acquaintances and others. Facebook has learnt things from its rival fast and improved upon it.

What’s in it for interaction design?, to begin with this smart concept can be reused when we come across places where different categories can be created based on the facets of information. Instead of just providing the ability for the user to create a category, we could pre assign categories based on available information. For instance in a phone directory, we could pre assign lists based on locations or any other possible information that has been provided before. There could be interesting applications in the world of enterprise products such as human resources which deal with large number of people related information.

It would be interesting to observe the usage of this type of a widget by users of Facebook.

Facebook Favorites – Feature

Category : Blog, Product Reviews Sep 15th, 2011

A good method to design is to use a product regularly. That way you come across unique insights. I use Facebook pretty regularly. Recently while going through some older comments i remembered a post my friend had shared with me. It was so cool. How do i get back to the post. This seemed almost impossible. The post was lost deep within hundreds of other posts. That’s when it stuck me. Facebook would be better with a ‘add to favorite functionality’ for posts. That way users can get quickly to useful posts, long after they have been posted.

That took me to the next idea regarding analysis of Posts. Wouldn’t it be cool to view some cool analytic’s related to the content my wall wears often. Let me blog on it when my thoughts clear out a little bit :)