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About the mental model of timelines. How to apply the mental model of time and timelines when designing interfaces. ...

About the mental model of timelines. How to apply the mental model of time and timelines when designing interfaces.

Presentation for the World Information Architecture Day 2012, Ghent, Belgium.

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    The mental model of timelines The mental model of timelines Presentation Transcript

    • THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES #WIAD –WORLD IA DAY 2012 #IA2012GENT – FEBRUARI 11, 2012 WOUTER WALGRAEVE - NASCOM
    • HI!I AM WOUTER WALGRAEVE AND I WORK AT NASCOM
    • I LOVESCIENCE FICTION
    • CLASSIC EXAMPLES OFTHE BOOTSTRAP PARADOX THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT …
    • SF IS OFTEN ABOUTMESSING UP TIME
    • THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES ABOUT THE TITLE
    • so, this presentation talks about TIME
    • past now future
    • Every now become a past,every future becomes a now.
    • structuresequence order sort
    • 5 ways to un-LATCH content
    • Location – Alphabet – Time – Category - Hierarchy
    • … and deals withMENTAL MODELS
    • discovering the patterns of thoughts
    • THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES HISTORY OF ‘TIME’
    • NOTION OF TIME
    • THE SEQUENCE OFDAY & NIGHT
    • CAPTURED BY ASUNDIAL
    • the sundial became a clock
    • clockwisecounterclockwiseanticlockwise
    • COINCIDENCE?
    • a vertical sundial goes counterclockwise (in the northern hemisphere)
    • JUST LIKETHE MUNSTER ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK
    • THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES TIME AS A SPIRAL
    • THE FUTURE TRAVELSCLOCKWISE
    • THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES FROM SPIRAL TO TIMELINE
    • THE SEQUENCE OFDAY & NIGHT
    • MAPPED ON OUR MENTAL MODEL OF THE EARTH
    • HALFWAY QUIZwhich way does the earth rotate?
    • BONUS QUESTIONand is that CW or CCW?
    • past now future
    • past now future
    • first last next next next next next next
    • first lastbeginning end
    • earlier now later
    • before item afterolder more recent
    • before item after older items more recent itemsprevious page next page
    • first last
    • first last
    • first eldestlast most recent
    • first eldestlast most recent
    • first eldestlast most recent
    • first lasteldest most recent
    • first last eldest most recent last lastmost recent most recent
    • eldestmost recent
    • most recent eldestmost recent eldest
    • most recent eldest
    • C A P R E 6 before item after ID E 5 older itemsprevious page S L more recent items next page
    • when you click left when you click rightmore recent items older items older items more recent itemsprevious page next page
    • after item beforemore recent items older items previous page next page
    • most recent eldest
    • most recent eldest
    • most recent eldest
    • most recent eldest
    • most recent eldest
    • WRAP UP
    • IT’S OK TO GO: clockwiseleft, right, up, down
    • IT’S OK TO GO: from to top/left tobottom/right & vice versa
    • YOU’LL GET INTO TROUBLE WHEN YOU GOfrom to bottom/left totop/right & vice versa
    • YOU’LL GET INTO TROUBLE WHEN YOU GOcounterclockwise
    • AND YET…. visit PLURK.com, see how it challenges your mental model of the horizontal timeline, use it for one week…and be convinced their interface makes perfectly sense.
    • TIME’S UP…twitter me: @wouterwalgraeve
    • WHUFFIES TO www.flickr.com/photos/hellmy www.flickr.com/photos/the_diner www.flickr.com/photos/max_zoomer www.flickr.com/photos/rodrigodomingos www.flickr.com/photos/7456216@N08www.flickr.com/photos/sacred_destinations www.flickr.com/photos/the_diner www.flickr.com/photos/telstar
    • NASCOMINFO@NASCOM.BE@NASCOM ON TWITTER