Graphic Space + IdeaMâché Reading Review — 09/21/16


Philip B. Meggs, Type and image: The language of graphic design, John Wiley & Sons, 1992, 69–73, 80–89, 92.

Lupfer, N., Linder, R., Kerne, A., Qu, Y., Webb, A., Hill, C., Keith, K., Free-form Web Curation for Design Ideation: Processes and Pedagogy, ACM Designing Interactive Systems 2016, in submission.

Interface Ecology Lab, IdeaMache, 2013–2016.

In Philip’s Type and image, I find the idea of graphic spacing really interesting. It talks about how graphic space requires considering characteristics of spatial and nature of human vision. Then introduced El Lissitzky’s idea of Grid Structure in 2D design. I do agree with the notion that

we are “generation that has never heard of him, and yet stands on his shoulders”.

Influenced by his grid spacial concept, nearly all the modern publications like newspaper, magazines, books and even videos have adopted this placement structure.

Website pages or mobile phones’ are also a two-dimensional plane bounded by four edges of a sheet substrate. Despite the feature of dynamic changes and interactiveness with users. The layout of the website page could also be regarded as graphic space. Its placing of context would greatly influenced on how people evaluate it.

In my interview of tech shopping, there is one interviewee told me he does not like second-hand product shopping. But if he does need to choose between Craigslist and eBay, he would prefer eBay only from the sense that the website layout seems more organized and trust worthy than Craigslist.

In the reading Free-form Web Curation for Design Ideation: Processes and Pedagogy, it innovated a free-form Web Curation service — IdeaMache, where combined the process of Gather, Assemble, Shift Perspective, Annotate and Exhibit. It studies how this free-form web curation helped students in forming ideas of design and how this could improve the processes and pedagogy of teaching. What amazed me in IdeaMache is its ability to gather online resources - rich clipping. With a simple drag and drop, IdeaMache could quickly distinguish its source and created a metadata on its platform. Different from other similar services, It helps user easily trace back where he gathered the data online. Also, the free-form style gives plenty of space for users to design their own structure rather than being constraint by existing ones.

For our tech shopping assignment, I also think we could use IdeaMache as the initial ideation for us clarify specifications and design the tech shopping interface.

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