File Manager 3

Interactive application prototype

File Manager 3 is intended to help you keep several folders open while working on your computer. In contrast to Tabs, File Manager 3 has a multi-pane layout that navigates several locations in one window.

File Manager 3 displays 30% more items than OS X Finder in one neat view. This has speed advantages mainly by reducing the clicks that are required to opening repeat locations and maintaining a managed overview.

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Review

Software application prototype

The application reads .ics calendar files and draws a chronological list view. The event details panel uses a dictionary of emoji to depict words in event titles, and lets you rate your events with stars.  The event list can be filtered and sorted by durations and ratings and shows statistics. Beneath the list is a graph plotting event ratings against time.

The project is a way for me to keep track of how I am spending time with the intent to follow changes. During life changes it is helpful to construct a narrative and in this way hold a steady view and the software makes an easy way to follow the high points. I gave a video presentation, conducted user testing and collected feedback.

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Quantone MusicGeek

Intelligent playlist recommendations

Quantone CEO Evan Stein hoards music meta-data. Our collaboration centered around two discussions held at and near the client’s headquarters. I documented initial proposals for a user experience prototype. Front-end Developer Conor Cussell designed and developed the user interface.

MusicGeek is built with IBM’s Watson technology, making it the first music platform to use cognitive computing. It’s the equivalent of going to the record store and asking the skinny guy in the black T-shirt … to introduce you to your next favourite track whenever you’re in the mood.

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Topical

Social media digest

Topical lets you easily follow any topic on Twitter. You simply add your topics of interest, and Topical will search Twitter for the most popular stories and deliver them to you – in real-time via our web app and once a day via our email digest.

With Topical anyone using Twitter (and even those who can’t find their way through the chaos) can stay on top of the things they need to follow. No more following lots of people, baby pictures, unrelated posts or noisy feeds.

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Sun Calendar

Interactive graphic demonstration

A plot of sun angle for everyday in the year with sun altitude tracked in real-time by an animated yellow circle. Solstices, equinoxes and user events are added as labels to specific points on the curve.

The graphic starts with a very compressed overview that can be magnified to stretch out hours across the screen in broad arcs. Accurate seasons times are coloured in the background.

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