Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Often, a concept begins with the question "what if..."
What if personal batteries were available and came in flavors to charge you up with your own motivator? Would it be a good book, a scintillating conversation, a night with the inlaws, a tall glass of cold milk, the color yellow, or the ever popular coffee fix? Mine happens to be meatballs. I lust after meatballs. And after getting some, I'm totally charged! (Okay, I'm weird, LOL!)
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 5:08 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
One of the pleasures of my work with academics is being able to help express a complex concept in a graphic form. I've learned, through my work, that evaluating effectiveness is often not a two-dimensional thing, but it is often a three-dimensional 'matrix', where all factors come together to create a whole. Where missing sectors are able to be charted, identified and addressed. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Here, a personal expression - a work in progress and your comments, suggestions and tweaks are welcome. I'd be glad to add the revised version to this post! Have fun!
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 9:14 PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
How to present a service with a diverse set of offerings? Our own microsite, developed in Flash, borrows the concept of our Service Desk. Scrolling back and forth along the "desk" reveals the different services, represented by various icons. Mousing over the images reveals the service title in the right corner of the top banner. Clicking on the icon sweeps the image to the end of the service desk to reveal a page with specifics... with an animated hand popping in with a post-it note with contact info for each service. See the site here: http://mps.mcmaster.ca
Heartfelt thanks to Steve, Simon, Martin and Tara for their many hours of gnashing of teeth, tearing out of hair and general sweat and toil...
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 9:32 PM
Linking the visual set up of a website to the concept behind the organization gives you the opportunity to consider abandoning the traditional menu bars and creating an unique experience for the viewer. Here, an early site for a member network, (designed to link researchers from different regions, to share documents, discussions and collaborate on development). The site is clean, showing a menu of interconnected orbs. When moused over, the choices for that section are revealed and the thematic pic changes inside the center of the menu. Clicking on the orb takes the viewer to the general section, while mousing down and clicking on a menu item takes the viewer to that particular page.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 5:33 PM