web 2.0 Information Visualization
Sometimes I check out Information Aesthetics once a while just because it showcases interesting ways how some developers or application handles information visually.
Currently my company is doing a revamp on our biggest news site – thestar.com. With the new design, I can see that we are trying to de-clutter our information display. However, we still can’t get away from our traditional ways of display information.
It gives the “control” to the users to “discover” the stories vs our traditional ways of controlling the output.
Jeff Veen from Small Batch, Inc., who is also known from WikiRank gave this excellent speech on designing for big data. He clearly stated that giving the control to the users over data is definately the trend and the future of the web. He stated couple important rules about data visualization.
- We are always storytelling our contents, now it’s time to give user control to have them to discover the story
- We provides visual cues for users, now it’s time to make it into tools so that the users can interact and control their cues.
- We provide editing features but now it’s time to give the filtering control to the user to manage the output
And this is truly the manner of web 2.0 approach. We are giving the control to the users in a less response time and more interactive way.