Design Notes

Design Notes #2: Circular graphs

Time for dessert: do you prefer a pie or a donut? When should we eat a dessert like this? And what are the factors you should consider before either of these treats? Donut Chart compared…

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Customer validation

One of the challenges of bringing a new product to market is validating the value proposition. In other words, after listening to folks and getting a good sense of what they need to better do their job, you need to…

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Design Notes #5: Moving Kaypok Briefly from Alpha to Beta

As the alpha phase of Kaypok Briefly nears its conclusion, we are preparing to move to the beta version. While the definition of terms like "alpha" and "beta" remains somewhat fluid (and those in software design know that there can…

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Design Notes #1: Designing (data visualization) for colour blindness

Design always involves choices. As interface designers, we make decisions regarding our audience. Can we design for 100% of potential users? Where do we draw the line? If we design for browsers, should we support users of Internet Explorer 9…

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Design Notes #3: Thoughts on visualizing gender with colour

One of the challenges we face in visualizing data is the degree to which we incorporate existing cultural norms. For example, should we use the colour red to indicate negative sentiment and green to indicate sentiment that is positive? Is…

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Design Notes: UX work at Kaypok

The magic at the heart of Kaypok products are algorithms that analyze data. Whether it's Kaypok Insight (which is an enterprise level tool),┬áKaypok Briefly (a browser based tool for summarizing collections of text), or other tools that we're currently cooking…

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