Liberating us from the permanence of publication is the undersung crux of the computer—the dynamic display screen. I use the software to understand my financial situation and my spending habits. Interaction should be used judiciously and sparingly, only when the environment and history provide insufficient context to construct an acceptable graphic.
Their foremost concern is behavior—what the software does. The user always sees the software presenting information, instead of herself instructing the software.
Unlike conventional graphics, which must be suitable for any reader in any situation, a context-sensitive graphic incorporates who the user is and what exactly the user wants to learn at the moment.
We need a graphical construct that allows the viewer to compare the start, end, and length of each span. What order are the stations on a particular line? Good information software encourages the user to ask and answer questions, make comparisons, and draw conclusions.
It is for learning. How much of my paycheck goes to rent? She wants to know past response to a given ad, as a function of the topics or authors of the stories it was coupled with. For the most part, the designs would work almost as well on paper. For presenting abstract, non-comparative information such as this, an excellent graphical element is simply a concise sentence.
I will call these categories information software, manipulation software, and communication software. Is the book good? Consider an online retailer, such as Amazon or Netflix.
When does each span start and end? By thinking of this as context prediction instead of state maintenance, the door is opened to more sophisticated predictors.
I suggest that the design of information software should be approached initially and primarily as a graphic design project.
However, an information design approach starts with the converse—the software must explain to the user what it will do. How close together are they?
Its pixels are magic ink—capable of absorbing their context and reflecting a unique story for every reader. They ask about money, from stock quote histories to bank account balances. Some questions the user might have: There are three cases for which the context is incorrect.
A cursor change suggests this, as well as a brief message when the widget is first started.
Thus, it knew little of its environment beyond the date and time, and memory was too precious to record significant history. The questions of when and how long should be answered qualitatively; the exact times would be irrelevant clutter.Giacomo Meyerbeer (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September – 2 May ) was a German opera composer of Jewish birth who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century.
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