Continuance is an easy-to-use and low cost library that adds functionality to existing webpages, by letting their readers get back to and into an article they did not finish half read or wants to get an overview of something they have read.
Reading on digital platforms is not straight forward. Advertisements, animations and links to other articles might lead you away from what you were actually reading. This is not necessarily a problem. On the contrary, it might lead you to exactly what you were looking for, or to something you did not even know you were looking for. Still, you might want to get back to something you did not finish or really enjoyed.
See what you have read and how far you got.
A summary of topic sentences gets you back into the content.
Continuance collects footprints of the material you encounter on a webpage and gives you an overview of what you have read and visually displays how far you got and how much is left.
Furthermore, it leads you back to the exact location of where you left, and it gives you a summary of the content by gathering all topic sentences (the first sentence in each paragraph).
The project started out as an attempt to investigate how layouts using principles from universal design could help people with attention deficits when reading online.
The acknowledgment that newspapers and other publishers’ have strong incentives to make people click and move on when reading online, was one of the reasons why this project took a different turn.
More important was the design proses which involved interviewing people with a various specter of attention deficits, prototyping and testing. When talking about a more facilitated layout for webpages, one of my interviewees said that “I will loose focus before rather than later anyway”. This acceptance lead me to Continuance.
The overall aim with Continuance is to strengthen and ease online reading. Not only for people with stated attention deficits, but also for the average online reader struggling to keep track of his or hers reading path.
Make a digital course book your own by adding notes, highlights and summaries as an integrated part of the learning proses.In this project we acknowledge the value of both the linear and well known structure of the paper book and the flexibility of digital platforms.
Linear navigation and flexible space
When reading books on paper, the handling of the book will set marks and after a while it will be known to the reader like a landscape. The reader creates a visual and tactile memory of the location of the books contents.
When reading on digital surfaces, there are no ways to create dog ears or lines with your pencil. The text is often presented as a long stream of text, missing the splitting in pages and not always with a clear presentation of where chapters start or stop. This makes it harder to get a mental overview of the book and the content.
Rather than trying to convert the printed book's qualities to a digital platform we strived to identify ways to take benefit of having a book on a digital surface.
I addition to the linear navigation and the personal flexible space, we made a visual overview of each chapter to prepare the reader of what was to come and to make it easier to get back to specific content. We also made it easy to annotate and to highlight text both in the linear text and the personal space. A function to write summaries were added as an integrated part of how you interact with the book, and we made it is easy to pull out a piece of text from what you read into a summary and have this as a reference point back into the text.
The reader`s annotations, highlights and summaries are continually updated in the visual overview of the chapters. This makes the book easier to navigate in, and the reader`s own work enriches the book in terms of learning and studying.
Seamlessly share your whiteboard sketches with the office. Wesley is an open source platform for adding digital capabilities to analog white boards. It is an easy-to-use toll that uses physical tags to crop, merge, tag and seamlessly send handwritten sketches from a white board to a digital platform.
Instead of converting an analog concept to digital, we augmented an analog concept with digital capabilities, creating an add-on to the existing and well known whiteboard.
Collaborating with the consultancy Bekk in this project, we observed that their analog tools, like note pads and white boards, played an important and intertwined role of their workflow, especially in idea development and design processes. Still, they relied heavily on digital tools in organizing both work and communication with colleges and clients. With Wesley, we created a tool that connected their analog work to their digital communication, enabling hand written text and sketches to follow projects and further conversations.
Wesley is both open sourced, hackable and portable.
You can find the code I wrote in this project at my github page for Wesley. If you want to try it, use Processing to run this sketch. You will need the opencv processing library. Print out the tags (markers.jpg) to use as reference points for Wesley on your whiteboard.
In a darkened room, all participants get a visual pattern projected around their feet, following them around the room. These patterns can be explored individually, but when interacting with other participants, the patterns changes and new patterns evolves.
The idea, or the understanding, of one self, that we are individual beings with our own feelings, experiences and thoughts dethatched from others, is something that is developed and evolved through our early childhood. This insight is called theory of mind. A lack of this understanding is an important factor explaining why communication and language is difficult for many people with autism spectrum diagnoses.
When you do not realize that people around you have their own will and understanding about a situation, it is difficult to understand both how and why to communicate your own needs and feelings.
This project strives to substantiate and strengthen the theory of mind by interacting with others in an activity that does not require words, eye contact or instructions on what to do. All participants are on the same level, and the patterns on the floor becomes an illustration of how the other`s behavior is influencing the room with their behavior differently than your own. Developed in collaboration with a boy with autism, his family and teachers.
Carefully approaching the therapist
Elvelangs was a short project where we participated the annual light festival by the river Akerselva flowing through the center of Oslo. We made a light installation, augmenting a public environment with projected elements streaming down a slope. The participants of the light festival, walking by following the river, where able to interact with these objects altering their path, collecting them and moving them around.
Featured in the studio 70502 /// elvelangs 2014 video.
Special needs education, informatics and design. BA in informatics from the University of Oslo. MA in Design from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
User centered approach with systemic perspective. Enjoy prototyping in code, great understanding of technology -technical as well as social. Critical towards how technology is often tried to be situated in society - using this to better influence my designs. Performance - what is performant - important for user x. Also building user interfaces from scratch in situation where there is no system for this from before. Integral structure. Also integrating existing technology: physical and web (Kai Bosh. Sympathic, empathical approach. Important to understand not only the user but also how the user is an integral part of society, organization and social networks - not only online soical networks - that needs an emphasis today.