Visual Complexity

By Oleg

Visualization is a technology to graphically represent data sets. If you will think about 2D and 3D CAD tools, they are visualizing sets of geometrical and other types of data about a product we design. This is very typical visualization for PLM world. In my view, it’s easier for people to understand information presented visually, compared to other ways like text, tables, etc.

I’m trying to explore new ways to represent information. In our modern world, the Internet, social networks and other new technological innovations create new information realities. To present them graphically is not a simple task. However, exploring these capabilities, and perhaps leveraging them in your application can be very cool and beneficial. I want to share with you a few examples of social data set representations. I hope you will find them interesting.

I’m sure you know http://digg.com. Digg is an online social bookmarking tool that allows you to store links and share them in user communities. I think Digg’s Digg Labs is providing one of the best visualization tools for social bookmarking. Digg Pics is the latest tool that tracks the activity of images on the site with images that slide in from the left as people submit and digg them. Digg Arc displays stories, topics and containers wrapped around a sphere. Digg BigSpy places stories at the top of the screen. Digg Stack shows diggs in real time, with diggs falling from the top of the screen. Digg Swarm draws circles for stories as they’re dugg.

Another very interesting data visualization discovery I found is walk2web. I tried to discover Dassault Systémes web and found it very cool. You can see and explore much more information aggregated in very useful way.

This is only small set of possible visual representations. The power of visual representation is huge, and I see newcoming examples of possible representations almost every day. The following website Visual Complexity is an interesting opportunity to discover multiple ways to present data sets in a visual way. I encourage you to dig into this to find new ways to represent your data.

I’m looking forward to your comments and maybe your examples.

Best, Oleg

Speed Dating Video – and Poll Results

By Michael

Hi, I am writing while already on vacation. But I felt it was important to share with you the great video coverage we have received on Partner Summit 2009 which took place end of June at DS Campus. Find the previous blog post for a recap. Here is the clip to let you experience the spirit from the Partner Summit:

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Two weeks ago I asked for your voting on perceived value from participation in business communities. Thank you to the ones who shared their votes. Here are the poll results with a touch of my personal analysis:

1.) We realize that the percentage of active blog consumers, i.e. the readers who actually participated in the voting is well below 10% . This means that approximately 90% of the blog adherants – who took the time to read the post “Speed Dating @ DS Campus” – chose not to communicate their opinion. Why is this so? Is it because they don’t dare? Do they think their opinion is not valued or perceived as not important?

2.) The results of the voting seem to be strongly in favor of proofing a high value from active participation (although we do not forget that this opinion comes from the 10% of active consumers!). If we read this voting right it tells the story that from sharing and collaborating there is a clear benefit for the participant.

3.) I believe that the 10% of “early adopters” who pronounce an open and collaborative attitude will rapidly grow. This is still a fairly new trend and with time we will see this to become more and more pervasive. I do not have the impression that the social web is “mainstream” already (as it has been indicated by Forrester Research) but I believe that adoption will again follow the curve as observed for e.g. Internet use and online shopping.

What do you think about it? Let us hear your remarks.

Best,
Michael

The Folding Plug

By Kate

Three weeks ago one of our readers named Matthew sent me the link to a really cool product innovation: the folding plug. There were some other bloggers up for bat here at 3D Perspectives, but now it’s my turn again. ;-)

Matthew, thanks for tipping me to this; you’re right I love it for 3D Perspectives because it represents several themes we talk about here:

  • Innovation: revamping an every-day object for better living, i.e. cleaner personal spaces, better fits into backs and packages, etc.
  • Sustainability: the folding plug uses less materials to produce
  • 3D: the beauty was designed, experienced, sceneriod and presented in 3D (see video below)
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Many thanks to Matthew for the tip-off and Min Kyu Choi the inventor.

Now what I’d like to know is, when can I get rid of all my bulky plugs and sockets?

Best,

Kate



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