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.