Online Wayfinding System [Version 1.0]

(This post is a place for my concluding remarks for the online wayfinding system project that I started this semester. It is also the starting point for my work on it in the next semester.) In this project, I ventured to explore, design, and implement the concept of an…

Notes on User Testing

This week I started conducting user-testing for my Online Wayfinding System project (non-fancy name pending). The below is a list of common observations I received from the people I interviewed. 1. Tooltips should be displayed regardless of the location on which the mouse is hovering (at the moment they…

Online Wayfinding System, presentations

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) This is just a housekeeping post to post both presentations I’ve done so far for this project to the blog. I. Proposal II. Progress      

Listening to the user

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) Listening to the user This week I conducted a survey. The main thing I wanted to learn about is whether users feel overwhelmed about their open tabs. Specifically, how many open tabs they often have open, what is…

Code Planning

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) I think it is time to get my proverbial feet wet. I’ve recently started coding my way through the project, and it is exciting. The above is an outline I’ve put through to help guide my process.

Forks, Intersections, and Teleport Rooms [Design Considerations]

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) To simplify my work, I have to internally agree on a taxonomy of discrete elements that constitute the system I have in mind. For a wayfinding system, the first set of concepts that needs to be made concrete is the…

A Time and A Place [Design Considerations]

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) One important aspect that I have to keep in mind is two useful, but different notations of a webpage in the context of our daily online use. A website, obviously, exists whether we visit it or not. When we…

Hierarchies of Location [Design Considerations]

(This is in relation to my ongoing Online Wayfinding System project.) An online “location” falls within more than a single hierarchy.   The importance of having this in mind is because mapping a time-based browsing session or history has different outcome as opposed to mapping the hierarchy of web resources…

Online Wayfinding System, a beginning

The Problem The way we navigate online is complex, and is not as linear as your browser’s “back” button would like you to believe. I believe that there is a missed opportunity in terms of enabling the user to get a sense of their location in terms of the…