My project is all about configurability. The user should set up their Glance however he or she sees fit, based on the specific goal or affect they are looking for. (pun intended)
I wrote out a bunch of scenarios for different data sets, and the questions they could help a user answer quickly. I then asked several ITP students what type of graph they would use in each situation:
- Distance Between Two Travelers (horizontal)
- Traveler Count Up
- Traveler Count Down
- Traveler Round/Gauge
- Horizontal Traveler
It was interesting that I didn’t get a unanimous result. For some, the “goal zone” meant “in the clear” but for others it meant “you’re in the danger zone get out!”
Example: Using the horizontal traveler for the balance of your bank account.
When the traveler is in the goal area you have enough money and are “in the clear”
When the traveler is in the goal area you’re overspending and need to spend less/make more money to get out of the “danger zone”
Either way, the same display works for both. These conversations helped me understand how important having a clear “finish line” is to this project. If the goal isn’t immediately clear visually, that the time to read the display increases as does the effort. I set out to explore ways to make the display read effortlessly:
After many tries, I’ve concluded that the display deserves to have one clearly marked goal zone with no gradient intermediate. It should read like a digital map program- Green Dot to start, Red Dot to finish — easily identifiable goal.
I also did a quick study of paint on wood after finding these wooden products for inspiration: