My topic is heading toward delivering information into the tangible world through natural interface, interaction, balance, and narratives. I realize that is a loaded sentence but in time it will be clear. For this writing assignment I will be spawning off my last and looking into narratives.
When I saw Dan Pink in 2009, I recall what he called his six design senses and I think it still defines what it is to be a modern designer;
Design, a utility plus significance
Story, context enriched by emotion and facts
Symphony, form analyzing to synthesizing
Meaning, the post material priority
Play, laughter is the best medicine
Empathy, feeling with not for
But how do we carry that from and back to the physical world through a virtual port?
A map of connections
I find myself buried in books and printed material already, and realize organization will play a large role in keeping up my productivity and sanity. I started a new journal today; I have kept journals for six years now and take notes on anything I read that catches my attention or any ideas I find myself wrapped up in or using.
But how will I keep track of all this research?
- Journals, my journals are not notes but mash ups of ideas and content/quotes. More of my own words then notes.
- Notes, this will be more point by point overviews and directly thesis related.
- Writing after reading. I like to write my own synopsis or just free write after I read something that sparks my interest. Sort of my personal review of the text.
- Printing online material, having physical access helps me organize.
- Connecting texts, I categorize and place physical texts and books by how they relate to one and other.
Where will I look and how will I choose?
- I hate to limit myself, so I will be looking everywhere withing the scope of my topic. Even though my topic is technical and modern, ideas do not expire and can be applied or reapplied. I like to trace ideas back to there roots and understand how ‘we’ got there.
- Usually I skim read to find relevance and see if there is a spark to warrant an in depth look. Table of contents, prefaces, abstracts, chapter introductions/conclusions tell a lot.
- If something proves useful I will either print it or purchase it, I enjoy owning books so I can wonderfully deface them. I also have a empty bookcase I will be using to stage this research.
- I will also look at data and statistics, I always found stats useful. This would include statistics on reading, interaction, technology use, and anything and everything related. Visualizing information is very helpful to my process as well…nothing like a good inforgraphic!
Mapping texts is nothing new to me. I am a sucker for theory and if you have not noticed by my1000 word comments, I enjoy writing. If were to look inside my books I write all over and in them, I section books with post it notes, and if something really sparks my interest I write a short essay that puts it into my words and perspective then stick that essay into the book or staple it to the material. I also photocopy specific section of books to add them to a larger collection if they will be referenced often.
How will I map texts?
- Again, take note of identifying information, such as title, date, and my personal synopsis.
- I will write a short essay on the content and what I took from it.
- Note any connections to other texts or contrasting ideas.
- Use post it notes, highlighting, and inner book notes to quickly find the content of interest.
- Mark it in or out and in order of relevance.
- If applicable, I will execute an idea or concept.
Beyond that I think you can tell so much from how a sentence is structured, reading at its base level requires that you uncover the authors process of thinking. I try and get myself in the authors shoes and think of them as a person with so much passion that they wrote a book! There life, personality, mind, and selves are right there in the words. I pick apart what I read, look between the lines, a body of text is like anything else, I want to know how it works and why it was printed…who it was written by. I try and look for connections to other texts and imagine the time it was written. What was going on in their world and what drove them to write.
I have been digging deep into everything that relates to my ‘topic’. When I felt overwhelmed, I finally asked myself what the solutions are to some of these problems.
Viewing the ‘web page’ as an ‘application’ has gained a lot of popularity. A responsive and/or adaptive site offers mobile-friendly content to the widest possible audiences. For years we had the website and the mobile site or app, that process is proving itself to be unsuccessful everyday. Having two or three ‘sites’ not only increases design and development, but also hiders consistency, navigation patterns, learning curves, and overall causes frustration to the cross-device user. This is where adaptive design and responsive design come into play. A site or application designed to adapt to its environment; not device but view-port. Continue reading