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The mental model of timelines

000904e756e660e6bb30f8f8bd975beb?s=47 Wouter Walgraeve
February 24, 2012

The mental model of timelines

About the mental model of time and timelines and its impact on information architecture.

Presentation for the WIAD 2012 - World Information Architecture Day - Ghent

000904e756e660e6bb30f8f8bd975beb?s=128

Wouter Walgraeve

February 24, 2012
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  1. THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES #WIAD –WORLD IA DAY 2012

    #IA2012GENT – FEBRUARI 11, 2012 WOUTER WALGRAEVE - NASCOM
  2. HI! I AM WOUTER WALGRAEVE AND I WORK AT NASCOM

  3. I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION

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  6. CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF THE BOOTSTRAP PARADOX THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT …

  7. SF IS OFTEN ABOUT MESSING UP TIME

  8. THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES ABOUT THE TITLE

  9. so, this presentation talks about TIME

  10. past now future

  11. Every now become a past, every future becomes a now.

  12. structure sequence order sort

  13. 5 ways to un- LATCH content

  14. Location – Alphabet – Time – Category - Hierarchy

  15. … and deals with MENTAL MODELS

  16. discovering the patterns of thoughts

  17. THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES HISTORY OF ‘TIME’

  18. NOTION OF TIME

  19. THE SEQUENCE OF DAY & NIGHT

  20. CAPTURED BY A SUNDIAL

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  23. the sundial became a clock

  24. clockwise counterclockwise anticlockwise

  25. COINCIDENCE?

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  27. a vertical sundial goes counterclockwise (in the northern hemisphere)

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  29. JUST LIKE THE MUNSTER ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

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  31. THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES TIME AS A SPIRAL

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  35. THE FUTURE TRAVELS CLOCKWISE

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  38. THE MENTAL MODEL OF TIMELINES FROM SPIRAL TO TIMELINE

  39. THE SEQUENCE OF DAY & NIGHT

  40. MAPPED ON OUR MENTAL MODEL OF THE EARTH

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  43. HALFWAY QUIZ which way does the earth rotate?

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  45. BONUS QUESTION and is that CW or CCW?

  46. past now future

  47. past now future

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  52. first last next next next next next next

  53. last beginning end first

  54. now later earlier

  55. item older more recent after before

  56. item older items previous page more recent items next page

    after before
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  58. first last

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  61. first last

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  64. first last eldest most recent

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  66. first last eldest most recent

  67. first eldest last most recent

  68. first eldest last most recent last most recent last most

    recent
  69. eldest most recent

  70. eldest most recent most recent eldest

  71. most recent eldest

  72. RECAP SLIDE 56 item older items previous page more recent

    items next page after before
  73. older items previous page more recent items next page more

    recent items older items when you click left when you click right
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    before after
  75. most recent eldest

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  80. WRAP UP

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  82. IT’S OK TO GO: clockwise left, right, up, down

  83. IT’S OK TO GO: from to top/left to bottom/right &

    vice versa
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  85. YOU’LL GET INTO TROUBLE WHEN YOU GO from to bottom/left

    to top/right & vice versa
  86. YOU’LL GET INTO TROUBLE WHEN YOU GO counterclockwise

  87. 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.
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  89. TIME’S UP… twitter me: @wouterwalgraeve

  90. 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@N08 www.flickr.com/photos/sacred_destinations www.flickr.com/photos/the_diner www.flickr.com/photos/telstar

  91. NASCOM INFO@NASCOM.BE @NASCOM ON TWITTER