Miyamoto recognizes that there is pleasure in difficulty but also in ease, in mastery, in performing a familiar act with aplomb, whether that be catching a baseball, dancing a tango, doing Sudoku, or steering Mario through the Mushroom Kingdom, jumping on Goombas and Koopa Troopas. His games strike this magical balance between the excitement that comes from facing new problems and the swagger from... facing down old ones. The consequent sensation of confidence is useful, in dealing with a game’s more challenging stages, but also a worthy aim in itself. “A lot of the so-called ‘action games’ are not made that way,” Miyamoto told me. “All the time, players are forced to do their utmost. If they are challenged to the limit, is it really fun for them?”
“You take in entertainment but take part in play.” — This heralds back to our lean-forward vs. lean-back approach to computers and reading. Entertainment is lean-back like television, but play is lean-forward like computers and interactivity.
With infographics, we feel that flaws in the form of generalized statistics and unclear graphs are forgiven if they are designed in an interesting or creative way. Infographics should be designed to meet both criteria–beautiful and informative. That way, the receptivity of the “seduced” (as per Norman’s usage) can be used to learn and examine, rather than to overlook an infographic’s relative uselessness.
Google, compared to other search engines, is playful and quirky. It brings the user a certain amount of joy in its use. The result is positive brand affiliation and recognition. Because people pay less attention to familiar things, the challenge of design is to maintain and harness the initial enthusiasm users have for a product.
Mo Tamman made an important point about not using data as an illustration or something to buttress the story. This is unfortunately a mindset that still exists out there as news organizations are slow to realize the potential of stories residing in the data itself. Old school reporters will often come back after anecdotally supporting their hypothesis only to find the data refuting or not fully supporting their claims. In this case, the text wins over data, exposing the publication to resourceful people dying to prove them wrong.
In fixing it, I think the main problem is the sheer amount of data that they are making you look at. What could be easier would be if they had several tabs, where users could look at information by state or by county. Meanwhile, users could also click tabs (like they can on an individual county basis) to see changes throughout the whole map without having to click a million different counties.... USDA could have also just made a few different maps comparing correlated things like obesity and amount of fast food restaurants or farm to schools programs and the number of students who receive free lunches
Tom Cortina, who teaches the course, says that some students perceive the programming as challenging, especially those who aren’t majoring in a field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics and are not accustomed to “the preciseness required.”
I’ve always hated the idea of having technology or innovation ‘specialists’ in a work environment that should ideally be collaborative. So, at first I tended to disagree with Pilholfer’s argument. But what won me over was the reasoning behind his claim. For Pilholfer, It’s not that the technology, tools or human talent isn’t there for everyone to scrape, analyze and process data –– in fact, it’s... now easier than ever to organize messy data with simple and often free desktop tools like Excel and Google Refine. The problem is that there’s a cultural lack of interest within newsrooms, often from an editorial level, to produce data-driven stories. As Pilholfer says in what appears to be an indictment of upper-level editors for disregarding the value of data, The problem is that we continue to reward crap journalism that’s based on anecdotal evidence alone . . . But truly if it’s not a priority at the top to reward good data-driven journalism, it’s going to be impossible to get people into data because they just don’t think it’s worth it.
One of the biggest issues with the design of this visualization is that it is not immediately apparent that you have to keep scrolling down for it to work. I initially spent time looking for a play button, thinking the whole thing would be an animation, which it kinda is, but it only works through scrolling. My first impulse was to click on the ‘how did it work arrow” but that was an indication to... scroll down. With the continuous scrolling, the animation begins to look rough and jagged and not smooth as we would expect. This may not be such a bad thing as it allows us to control the pace at which we advance through the plot but it can get tiresome having to keep scrolling for tiny bits of movement on the screen.
While I think government accountability is important, there’s something off-putting about KODI. I’m not entirely sure that the data is as transparent as government officials make it seem. There are no HIV/AIDS statistics even though it’s still an epidemic in Kenya.
"If we've identified a visitor as a midlife-crisis male," says Demdex CEO Randy Nicolau, a client, such as an auto retailer, can "give him a different experience than a young mother with a new family." The guy sees a red convertible, the mom a minivan. The technology raises the prospect that different visitors to a website could see different prices as well. Price discrimination is generally legal, so long as it's not based on race, gender or geography, which can be deemed "redlining."
RapLeaf relies on a network of cooperating websites that use email addresses as part of the sign-on process. Those sites agree to transmit their users' email addresses (in encrypted form) to RapLeaf. Then, RapLeaf "drops," or installs, cookies on users' computers. It's tough to build up a network of such sites, because many don't want to let outsiders track their visitors. This summer, RapLeaf... sent a marketing email offering to pay one website an unspecified sum for this kind of access, according to documents reviewed by the Journal. The website chose not to take the offer.
While Safari does block most tracking, it makes an exception for websites with which a person interacts in some way—for instance, by filling out a form. So Google added coding to some of its ads that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google. Safari would then let Google install a cookie on the phone or computer. The cookie that Google installed on the computer... was temporary; it expired in 12 to 24 hours. But it could sometimes result in extensive tracking of Safari users. This is because of a technical quirk in Safari that allows companies to easily add more cookies to a user's computer once the company has installed at least one cookie.
General McCaffrey is not required to abide by NBC’s formal conflict-of-interest rules, Mr. Capus said, because he is a consultant, not a news employee. Nor is he required to disclose his business interests periodically. But Mr. Capus said that the network had conversations with its military analysts about the need to avoid even the appearance of a conflict, and that General McCaffrey had been “incredibly forthcoming” about his ties to military contractors.
“All too often in state government we look toward short-term immediate solutions to problems without looking at the long-term consequences,” said John Bennett, a Republican and former Senate president who voted for the measure but now says it was a mistake.
The department also plans to piggyback on the new wireless emergency notification system being installed around the city so that meters can be read automatically.
"The big secret of detective work," Lieutenant Cornicello said, "is that you've got to get somebody else to tell you what happened."
It is important to recognize that computer systems are built on “old metaphors” and have a direct correlation to the physical world, but that they are simultaneously carving out their own language. Critical discourse of these systems needs to take into account that which came before, but also look to finding new ways of think about them.
Most designers are eager to make a product that is all things to everyone, but Norman warns us of falling into this trap. He argues that every feature added increases the complexity of the product and compromises its usability. This will be the case even if the added feature is for the user’s benefit and indeed demanded by them. While it seems that more features means more value for the product, in the end we as designers really have to evaluate if our users know what’s best for them.