Quick sidenote on another project I’m working on. Another collaboration with multitouch-hard- and software wizzard Johannes Luderschmidt, which is an interactive case-scenario tool for the police of the state of Hessen in Germany called Vispol. It was originally concepted and developed as a masterstudy by Johannes but is now a full-grown software for instant use on multitouch able surfaces. I created the design concept for this has-to-be-very-functional software and developed all the designs. And yes, it’s all circles again. Believe me, it was the best suitable form for this use.
What you can see now is a movie about Vispol 1.0, but we’re already working on a design update, which will feature a much better contrast and signal colours. You can see all details about it on our collaborative website www.visactible.com.
A new book has been published by “Die Gestalten Verlag” called “Data Flow” (9 Sep 2008). Its content deals with the visualisation of information in graphic design and the first topic of the book features the potential of circles as dataspheres. An older book that has pointed out the potential of wheels as a relevant model for modern interactive design even better is “Reinventing the Wheel” by Jessica Helfand (around 2002). Both books are very recommended sources for any information/interaction designer.
Finally I’m able to put some filmmaterial online. We’ve filmed the way you interact with the Volvelles on the touchscreen-table in a proper way too, but still have to cut and finalize it. So in the meantime you can see this quick-and-dirty made version. We are also working on a mouseclickable version for the web so everyone can experience the new retrieval interface and its system behind it. Stay tuned.
Finally our little baby will be ready for some live testing. Our Multitouch-Table with the wheels-interface will be presented in the context of the Final Degree Show of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. If you are around London from the 13th of June to the 19th of June feel free to stop by and have a look and feel!
Entrance to the Mall Galleries:
Things that happen every day right outside the Mall Galleries:
While Niqui, Johannes, and Lelo are fully occupied to make the wheels working digitally, I’m kind of working on both sides – digital and print – to prepare everything for the show set up in June. The supporting print material is going to present useful and additional information how everything works. For example, two posters will show all possible combinations that can be arranged with the digital wheels in order to get a different kind of information. The work itself is getting quite complex, but somehow everything comes together now.
Steps to create the posters based on the digital interface, which are going to show all possible combinations:
Finally the main colours are set now and work along the parameters of the science of colours. The farer away the wheel is, the darker and colder the color will appear. This is the main overview of the colour settings:
Furthermore I have developed the basic interface screen and made all transparency and overlaying settings work. Now I’m looking forward how it will look like when its moving.