Design for Peace

Colombia, a country on the North-Western corner of South America, has been facing certain critical challenges—after a 50-year civil war, many Colombians are left suffering the effects of living in a post-conflict zone and the consequences of the displacement of over 3 million persons, and the death of 220,000, with 4 out of the 5 deaths non-combatant civilians. Various stakeholders, including members of the immobilized FARC, local farmers and ranchers, and indigenous groups, as well as participants from elsewhere in the country, are hoping to use design methods to imagine a better future for themselves, their communities, and their country. Dr. Roberts-Smith, Dr. Ruecker, andRead More →

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Milking Machine @ Congress

Materializing Text Analytical Experiences: the Bubblelines Hydra Project There is a tradition in the digital humanities of interpreting texts through various forms of computer-generated text analysis and visualization. For example, the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) and both provide online access to a broad-range of tools for work with a variety of data. However, these systems require a significant learning curve, both for students and senior humanities scholars. In addition, the standard computer screen and its interfaces can conceal the vastness and complexity of the material under study. In this project, we experimented with creating new forms of interface that leverage physicality and kinesthetic intelligence (Ruecker, forthcoming). There were three primary objectives:Read More →

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Seeing the Forest and Its Trees: A Hybrid Visual Research Tool for Exploring Look and Feel in Interface Design

Completed Presented Co-authors 2013 Proceedings of the International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR). Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Piotr Michura, Stan Ruecker, & the INKE Research Group In this paper, we report on a tool we developed for use by our students as part of a senior-level undergraduate degree course in Information Design. Students were asked to re-design a web site for a local not-for-profit agency. The first part of the project asked them to conduct an environmental scan on the topic most closely related to the client: HIV / AIDS, using a new tool we developed, comprised ofRead More →

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A Visual Workflow Interface for the Editorial Process

Completed Published Co-authors 2013 Literary and Linguistic Computing. 28(4), 615-628. Luciano Frizzera, Geoff Roeder, Ernesto Peña, Teresa Dobson, Stan Ruecker, Geoffrey Rockwell, Susan Brown, & the INKE Research Group In this paper, we provide a discussion of the concept of visual interactive workflows, how they relate to our previous work on structured surfaces, and how they have been adapted to experiments in managing articles for journal publication and managing biographical histories being written and tagged in XML. We conclude with a user experience study of the prototypes, which suggests that they are relatively acceptable at the level of reflective response, but might benefit from moreRead More →

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Design for Decision Support: Knots

This interface is the third concept design for my dissertation. It is meant as a visual and functional compromise between the first two alternatives – innovative yet familiar to those in the manufacturing sector. The top shows controls, while the bottom the resulting solutions.Read More →

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Design for Decision Support: Traditional Bar Graphs

This interface is also part of my PhD thesis. The concept is based around components that are traditionally associated with decision dashboards. I completed a thorough exploration of alternatives to the visual representation of the solution portion of this design (located at the bottom of the display), and developed 24 unique designs, sub-divided into 7 categories. In this design, the controls used to manipulate the constraints are separate from the results of the calculations.Read More →

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Design for Decision Support: Cog Interface

This interface is one of three concepts designed as part of my PhD dissertation. Working in partnership with an Alberta-based oil company, my goal is to produce alternatives to human-machine interfaces for use in the manufacturing process.  Specifically, I am looking to design interfaces that support human decision making, enable accountability, and the leveraging of individual and collective knowledge. The sketch on the right shows Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for ice cream manufacturing, in this case it is displaying profit across time. Radzikowska, M., S. Ruecker, C. Ta, W. Bischof, and F. Forbes. (2011). “Human Decisions for a Machine World: Designing Experimental Interface Alternatives that SupportRead More →

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MONK is an attempt to build on the earlier NORA and Wordhoard projects in their efforts to make data-mining and visualization systems available in forms that are congenial to humanities scholars, and that work across a wide range of digital collections. The Monk interface is made up of a multi-step system, designed for complex textual experimentation and analysis. McDonald, A., A. Kumar, M. Bouchard, A. Giacometti, M. Patey, M. Radzikowska, P. Michura, C. Fiorentino, S. Ruecker, C. Plaisant, and S. Sinclair. (2008). “Dozens of Little Radio Stations: Getting Technologies Talking in the MONK Workbench.” Paper presented at the third Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)Read More →

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Kernels Browser

The goal of the NORA project was to produce software for discovering, visualizing, and exploring significant patterns across large collections of full-text humanities resources in existing digital libraries. The kernel browser provides a number of blank kernels that can be configured by the user through a data mining “training” process, then be applied to the larger collection. This sketch shows a total collection of 5000 author names, with a subset selected by the kernel. Presented at the 2006 Digital Humanities International Conference in Victoria, BC; The Sorbonne, Centre Cultures Anglophones et Technologies de l’Information, Paris, 2006; and others.Read More →

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This project investigated a theory of transferability in interface design: from a tool for dynamic blocking and reading of literary plays to a tool for dynamic blocking and viewing of football plays. Designed for athletes learning plays, coaches setting up plays, and fans watching plays. The play view display shows a graphical representation of the field, both teams, and plays, and requires sports data capture. Presented at the Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, Lima, Peru, October 2006.Read More →

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