Information Design for an Instrumented World

Hannah Donovan (Independent)
Design & UI, Workshop
Location: New York East Level:
Tags: data
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 8 ratings)

In a world where all our online interactions – and increasingly offline ones too – are logged and measured, how do designers integrate and present this information in a meaningful way?

Whether it be real-time Twitter search results, listening history or personal Fitbit stats, we now expect services to serve up, compare and contextualize the most interesting bits of our behaviour from the scores of data they collect about us.

If you want to add stats, graphs and other bits of lifestream data to your web app, this workshop is for you. Leave with an understanding of how to wrestle with interaction design challenges such as: dealing with too much/too little user-generated data; what to show different user types (e.g. logged in/out users); when to show aggregate vs. individual datasets and more.

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Hannah Donovan


Hannah Donovan is a Canadian interaction designer living in London. She led design at for five years, and before that worked agency-side designing digital campaigns. Since leaving this spring, Hannah’s become an independent product designer focused on ways to make music better on the web. When she’s not busy with new work, Hannah contributes to and plays cello with a real orchestra as well as a comedy orchestra.

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Hannah Donovan
10/12/2011 1:53pm EDT

Thanks for the suggestion, Danielle—I will definitely do that next time I give a workshop.

Slides are here now, by the way. Sorry for the wait:

Danielle Reisch
10/11/2011 7:25pm EDT

Would love to have had slides at the start. It’s nice to go back while it’s still fresh in my head, and reference or make notes. It’s distracting to watch so many people take pictures of every screen.

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Hannah Donovan
10/11/2011 4:39pm EDT

Hey Bob, thanks for the thoughts! Would love to hear more about what you mean by ‘intense engagement’—do you mean more activities? Feedback appreciated!

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Bob Kosovsky
10/11/2011 3:17am EDT

The break was too long (10-15 min would be enough) and I was hoping for more intense engagement, but very informative.

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