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UX14 - The Book Surfer (Kiruthika Mani)

October 10, 2014

UX14 - The Book Surfer (Kiruthika Mani)

An endeavor to make the act of referring library books a lot easier.

Today, with the Web, students access information anytime, anywhere. They tend to surf the web for academic research. They pass over library books for quicker and easier results from the internet, thereby losing out on a lot of qualitative information.

This concept tries to introduce the act of ‘surfing’ into the context of a library. It attempts to ease the students’ mode of research. With this, the students would navigate a book’s content the way they would the web. The concept also tries to alleviate the isolated nature of library research by creating a digital bridge between readers of the same book.

This is achieved by creating another version of the book – an infographic version. Infographics clearly and succinctly communicate the essence of any notion/information. An infographic version of a book attempts the same – for the book. The library would contain infographic versions for each of their books. Students can surf through these and also contribute.

The result is a combination of the wealth of information from surfing and the depth of information from a book. There is also the advantage of this whole activity being communal.


October 10, 2014

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  1. THE BOOK SURFER The dra /abstract form of the presentation

    is being sent due to IP concerns. KIRUTHIKA M Guides Mr. SUDHAKAR Ms. SEEMA DJ Academy of Design
  2. PREMISE PLACE PEOPLE Academic Libraries Reference Libraries Students Research Scholars

    Teachers Librarians

    he needs to know User What he needs to know INTERNET SURFING (+) Quick, Easy, Wide, Social (-) Meandering, Unreliable REFERRING BOOKS (+) Time consuming, Exhaustive, Isolated (-) Deep, Reliable, Qualitative The expansive, social character of the internet + The depth and reliability of a book
  4. NATURE NEEDS TARGET USERS Curious Fast paced Tech-savvy Impatient Easily

    Distracted Information Context Sensitivity Ease of Understanding Ease of Access Ease of Use
  5. OBJECTIVES 1 2 3 To create the ‘surf’ mode of

    navigation To capture the crux of a book To make it communal SEAMLESS . ACCESSIBLE
  6. THE CONCEPT A new way of looking at books An

    infographic for each book Where people can contribute to the infographic An ever expanding, communcal framework of relevant info from one book YOU SURF THE BOOK, YOU DON’T READ IT. THE USER IS BOTH RESEARCHER AND CONTRIBUTOR
  7. FEATURE MAP / X Dynamic filters allow you to see

    what you want to see. Only text/ images, view reader input, etc. An outer infographic web of additional pertinent content from the book - from other readers. An infographic web of the book’s most defining text excerpts and images. You can show approval or advocate input from a reader. The most approved inputs will be displayed first. If you have additional input related to the book, you can insert it as a note. You can insert pertinent information from the book that you think are important. Flagging / bookmarking the infographic

    BOOK + = The Contents page of a book giving snippets of information Bar graphs to represent relative importance Snippets of information presented with their relative importance This is an abstract, simplified representation of the solution
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