Testing and More Data Modelling

Now that we’ve spent a few weeks focusing on wireframing, we’re back to working on the data model.  We haven’t actually created the models in rails yet, but we have started redesigning it, and it makes much more sense the second time around.  Currently, we’re adding a user model, renaming all the other models, combining…. Continue reading “Testing and More Data Modelling”.

giving thanks

I love lists. Here’s one I’m thankful for: The things I’ve learned since I started Prism (including those I learned indirectly): How to negotiate a common charter. How to navigate, edit in and configure Vim. How to write JavaScript to make a reading interface on the web. How to read Ruby. The key principles of…. Continue reading “giving thanks”.

Whiteboard Wireframing

Over the past few weeks, I feel our program is moving toward my, and others’ comfort zone. We are beginning to wireframe Prism on the whiteboard, so we can each come back after the Thanksgiving break with a few images of each of our main pages. There are new challenges that come from the wireframing…. Continue reading “Whiteboard Wireframing”.

The Force of UX Design

I’ve had design on my mind for a couple of weeks now, mainly because thinking about how Prism is going to look is so much more pleasant to me than writing code (may Annie and Alex be praised for taking the lead on that). It’s been easy for me to point to websites and say…. Continue reading “The Force of UX Design”.

The Mappy Goodness that is GIS Day in the Scholars’ Lab

Every November on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week the world celebrates GIS Day.  On that day in Charlottesville the geospatial community gathers in the Scholars’ Lab for mappy goodness. And cake. In 2010 we threw open the Scholars’ Lab doors for folks to present geospatial lightning talks.  We were impressed by the breadth of…. Continue reading “The Mappy Goodness that is GIS Day in the Scholars’ Lab”.

cross-posted: It Starts on Day One

(This is a brief essay related to the Scholars’ Lab’s Praxis Program, which has been cross-posted from nowviskie.org.) Here’s a modest proposal for reforming higher education in the humanities and creating a generation of knowledge workers prepared not only to teach, research, and communicate in 21st-century modes, but to govern 21st-century institutions. First, kill all…. Continue reading “cross-posted: It Starts on Day One”.

the hunchback of notre-prism

I’m with Annie. Trial and error has been part of my dissertation for a while, so there is no shattered heart at the prospect of chucking the first model. I pointed out on my previous post that one thing I’m getting tons of praxis on these days is working with the “unknown unknowns” hovering in…. Continue reading “the hunchback of notre-prism”.

Building Prism: The Darker Side of the Enlightenment Spectrum

It’s finally happened—we’ve had our first setback. We knew from the start that we would probably have to scratch much of our data model, but we didn’t entirely understand why. Now we do. Apparently our model doesn’t allow for saving a highlighting session; every new visitor’s data would replace the previous entries. Also, in order…. Continue reading “Building Prism: The Darker Side of the Enlightenment Spectrum”.

The Dirt on “Clean”

Last week, when I should have been finishing up a conference paper I gave on Sunday, I instead kept messing with the webpage that Jeremy is teaching us how to design. Coding left me confused and bewildered, but now I realize that it also pretty much left me cold. I did once announce that it…. Continue reading “The Dirt on “Clean””.

Designed to touch

I enthusiastically agree with Ed’s use of the word “tangible” to describe Prism. I couldn’t have chosen a better word myself. To get the clearest possible definition of the word, I went old school and looked it up in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary where it’s defined as “perceptible by touch.” No surprise there, but the…. Continue reading “Designed to touch”.