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Progression (Pinter)

July 17th we (Mark Taylor-Batty and I) had our follow up progression meeting, which we had decided to work through some more of the app stuff based on the work we did while we were apart. We had also decided to discuss data visualisation and how this may change or progress the app / our practices in some way. We had also added to our Evernote use, a DropBox folder to share to use resources and share files and or screens we had been working on.

DropBox

DropBox shared folder was used for the resources we built up, and to add to it things to discuss.

Again, as the previous meeting we had both come prepared with work we had done while we were apart, and new things to discuss. I also brought a book that I found inspiring for alternative data visualisation which Mark was able to go through and we discussed as an alternative way to present information. Some of the things that came out following discussions would be a way to use “The Cloud” to sync information on the app perhaps with an iPad version. We thought displaying things visually interesting on an iPad would be a lot more enjoyable experience for the users, however the search through a photo feature would really not be that useful.

So it is a case of balancing what platform users would want for which use. Would it be efficient to have a completely separate app just for a Pinter timeline – would it be presented in an interesting visual way differently every launch? Would the data become ‘smart’, as in, the more a search term was entered, or the more productions done, the larger, or significant that would become? If so – how would this be presented? It brought up a lot of interesting questions.

We also looked at and discussed some initial screens I had made and presented based on our sketches from the previous meeting.

Search Result Screen Draft

This is the draft sketch that came out of an initial meeting. IT was for a search results screen.

results Alt

iOS mock up screen of that initial draft sketch we did showing how potentially the results screen may look.

As with the previous meeting, we made some decisions about futhor areas to research and work on, and what we could bring to our next meeting. We will add a few additional screen mock ups to be able to explain to people who will be involved in the future of this project to be able to visualise it a little clearer. As well as some general changes to these initial screens. We are also looking at mapping out the more complex page of “what’s on”, as we see it as having a social media aspect, a location based search as well as date. This will create a more complex screen where currently we have a clear uncluttered look so it will be an interesting challenge to maintain that.

InformationIsBeautiful

A photo from the book, Information is Beautiful, which has beautiful data visualisations.

 

A final note however for the collaboration so far, is I hadn’t before in my own collaborative work, given much thought to the location of where collaboration happens. I had had ‘meetings’ at conferences, hallways, classrooms coffee shops etc and it was for no particular reason (location for us both perhaps?) that we met at Leeds Museum. The days we met though, had all been nice weather, and so for the most part, we sat outside initially. I hadn’t realised how actually this environment also has a great effect on collaboration, there are other sounds, a breeze, a wide opened space, and I also wondered if being in an outdoor context helps an easy flow of conversation and ideas exchange? It’s an interesting thought that I will look into in the future work I take, to see if the place of collaboration can also affect the open mindedness and conversation aspect of meet up.

Follow Up (Pinter)

After the initial meeting, we had some time apart to work on our tasks that we had agreed. Some of the things that happened since the meeting was that Mark had set up an Evernote notebook for us to share the information / resources that we had been putting together / working on. This was a new way for me to share information. I had once set up a list and that was a collaborative thing, but to use a notebook and share images and text was a different way to do things, and evernote had a lot of great features, like being able to save the images from the posts directly.

Evernote

Using Evernote as a collaborative tool.

We could use the images and text information to create the iPhone mock ups to try to envision the ideas we had discussed. We then planned our next meeting so that we could share the resources we had started to build and how we can put together the iPhone app and work though how we could use this as a starting point.

Collaborative Conversation

Today Mark and I had our first meeting, we decided to meet at the museum which was a really nice setting, especially for creative collaboration! I came to the meeting with an iPhone sketchbook, because we had initial conversations at the first meet up about what he was hoping to have for this collaboration, which was essentially a way to present the work of Harold Pinter – website, etc, app… to a varied audience (we talked about this too later) and so with that in mind I thought the app sketchbook would be a nice way to help us both to visualize what this could potentially be about.

Mark had prepared for me some initial information, videos, links, images about the work of Pinter so that I could come to the conversation with an understanding of the importance, varied and wide body of work he had done. This was very useful also because it put into scope for me exactly how much information there is – and how would this be possible to represent in an app.

MockUp

One of the draft drawings of a potential screen for an iPhone app. This represents a screen where the user can use their camera to photograph a text from Pinter, and it would then search based on that photo (the text) and return search results of actors who had played in that production, wardrobe information, etc…

Mark had a great way to present some of that information in a timeline which was something I knew we had to include – we spent time discussion essential things that would be important for people using the app, mapping out and drawing possible ways to present it. This was a useful exercise for me to be able to see how a subject with this much background would be best represented. We also looked at it’s wider scope and application as an actual framework potentially for universities etc to be able to bring other subjects to be presented in a similar way.

It was interesting for me to meet up and discuss things that Mark had been visualising for a very long time, a project that he has passion for and to come into it and challenge him on seeing perhaps a different angle or alternative vision. I enjoyed asking him about who the audience would be, and how we could best address these different groups, what features would each group find most useful, and how would someone who potentially was coming to the app (maybe through taking a course?) who has no knowledge of Pinter’s work, be able to even use an app… things like this was addressed through a timeline of works, where you could scroll through and be able to see things right away without using any search terms.

We left this initial discussion with both having some tasks to get on with before our next meeting, screens to mockup based on discussions, information to present and some work to research for the next meeting where we would discuss and look at data visualisation in a more general way.

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