In the spring of 2011 I contacted the city of Luxembourg regarding obtaining data on their city bike share system, named vel’oh!, in order to use the data with the students I taught GIS to in the fall of 2011. Unfortunately no students showed interest in the data. I however dove into the data and did all sorts of spatial analysis and determined trends, statistics and visualizations to better understand the data. I was really only scratched the surface. With over 70 bike stations in the city, each one provides large possibilities for analysis. With my supervisor we met with the data donor from the city and presented our findings. During this meeting he asked me whether I thought certain stations required more bike locks/docks. Typically a station has 15-30 bike docks. The data I had could not address this question but I knew how to find the data in order to answer the question.
A day has 24 hours in it. That’s 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. If you wonder why Americans don’t understand the need for using the metric system then ask yourself why you use this inconsistent time measurement system.
What if we could design a better time system that is easier to read and convert between units? Would it still have the same number of hours, minutes or seconds in a day?
I don’t use credit cards as means of delaying payment over a longer period of time. I like their ease and simplicity. Swipe and go. I pay no fees. Life is simple. Of course when it’s time to view my credit card statements online it’s a big pain visualize my recent transaction history. Perhaps this is simply with my bank but it seems they want to make it as hard as possible or simply don’t care about user experience. If I want to view past transactions my only option is to download a PDF for each month. If I make a partial payment of my credit card balance owing, the system will only ever show me the total and never update to what remains. Only when the payment due date passes will it update and tack on interest and the remaining balance. I decided to create an interactive mock-up of what could be done to provide a more informative and usable experience when trying to understand the situation of your credit card debts.
I recently read a journal article my supervisor had co-written and thought “I can do this!”. The article clearly laid out a procedure for creating a model that would distribute houses around a central business district based on the preferences of the agents and other model parameters.
A few months back I completed an SVG palette for use with the dotifier. It makes selecting colours for any purpose much easier. I decided to modularize it for future projects and also make it available for others. You can test it and download the source files on the app’s page.
My current employer is growing fast yet is limited in office space. The official policy went from ‘hire many people to populate our offices’ to ‘if you hire someone please densify your offices’. One year ago offices where getting their second occupant but we are now many three occupants per office. The temporary building with temporary offices were designed to have two people per office. Getting three people to fit nicely in a comfortable and productive setting isn’t so easy.
A few people created paper models of the different furniture options and room constraint to get an idea of what was possible. I though of throwing together a quick SVG/JS application that would allow people to move furniture around would be useful. It took a bit longer than I expected but I’m happy with the result: Furnissure
I created two modes: Fill mode which randomly dotify’s the areas created, and Pen mode which allows you to draw on the canvas using a ‘dot’ pen of a desired thickness and lead in/out. You can get all sorts of fun effects by combining these. Go ahead and try it yourself. It works in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome – slight problems with Opera. Internet Explorer has no chance.