Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet: lab member Ju Hee Bae previews her InfoVis presentation

Come offer us some feedback on the talk!

Find: Jim Hunt Library Progress, Photos

Looks awesome. Right across from the lab. 

Jim Hunt Library Progress, Photos

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Interactive music experience

Check out this site! They have designed an interactive music experience using WebGL. You can click the mouse to burst the bubbles that appear and the beam follows the direction of the your mouse movement.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Job: web developer @ IBM


A job opportunity at IBM in the Triangle. Chris Paul is a regular visitor to our classes.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Hi Ben: I hope you are well.

I have a university hiring slot for a web developer. The project is LotusLive ( and the effort, essentially, is development duties on the team responsible for this site....not the cloud services. This individual would also work with the design team as part of our UI Innovation Initiative.

Any Dec grad candidates?

Guest: on October 19 (tomorrow!), Clayton Coleman of IBM


Tomorrow (October 19), we'll be visited by Clayton Coleman of IBM. Please read his biology below and prepare some questions for him (as I will):
I'm the web interface lead for IBM Connections - IBM's enterprise social networking suite - and I'm also the team lead of the Files product within that suite.  I've been working in the social / collaboration space for about 10 years for IBM with a focus on web interface design - essentially everything between the browser and the server (which usually runs WebSphere, IBM's version of the Java EE server stack).  Connections has capabilities that most people are familiar with - we have profiles and activity streams (like Facebook), ad hoc communities (like Yahoo Groups), files (like Google Docs), wikis, discussion forums, blogs, ad-hoc lists and simple project management, and social bookmarking.  The biggest difference is that we are building products focused towards big companies, which means that we have to show how social networking improves productivity while remaining secure, rather than focusing on driving more ad revenue and more page views.  We use all of the technologies we can in the browser space - modern HTML5 concepts like Forms and Canvas/SVG, rich JavaScript interaction patterns, but also server side generation of content when necessary.  Usability is very important and we have to walk a fine line between using the newest spec features with a degraded experience for older clients, or having experiences that are only possible in the newest browsers.  We also have to be able to deploy our web applications into customer environments with minimal configuration and setup, but get high performance and maintainability out of the box.  In the past I've worked on web content management and personalization with rules engines as well as other internal document management solutions.
See you soon!



Guest: On Nov 2, Markus Wust, Jason Casden, and Cory Lown of NCSU libraries


On November 2, we'll be visited by Markus Wust, Jason Casden and Cory Lown of NCSU library's digital initiatives and their copyright and digital services center.

They'll be talking about their web projects that use html5 and similar.

Please prepare any questions you may have about the tools they use.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Viz: Raleigh Population Density

Find: Google Maps in WebGL

Sounds cool. 

Google Maps in WebGL

If you like the Google Maps app for Android and you wonder why it looks better than the desktop Google Maps, there's a new experimental interface that uses WebGL and it's available in Chrome 14+ and Firefox 8+. If you click "Want to try something new?" in the Google Maps sidebar and enable MapGL, you'll see a completely new Google Maps interface that shows 3D buildings and no longer uses Flash for Street View.

Find: More About Google's New Design

Nice video here from ux week about googles new ui

More About Google's New Design

Google's lead designer for search, Jon Wiley, explained in an interesting presentation at the UX Week 2011 that the unified interface is the biggest redesign in Google's history. It's interesting to know that the interface has nothing to do with Google+, but it was associated with Google+ because it was the first Google product that used it.