22 January 2007
Echelon has posted some nice experiments using 3d tools for visualizing a social network. It's early days, so worth keeping an eye on to see where this work goes. I've taken the liberty of embedding a screenshot of their work here ... there are some principles governing the right and wrong way to present networks in visualizations ... it is vital that the visualization allows viewers to give insight of how they are situated into this so called blogosphere (that is if you are a blogger, researcher or designer interested in mapping). Things change when three dimensions are used, especially when the user can change their point of view dynamically. Perhaps, beyond the basic view, there is a need for some HUD-like additional information at least indicating the orientation of the viewer (compass information - a tool like those used in Google Earth and Microsoft's Virtual Earth - might be appropriate).
tags > information design