One of the ideas that’s transforming content workflows is using simpler, human-friendly Markdown. We see it in use in all sorts of tools (such as Github and Trello), and it prevents many of the problems we’ve seen over the years with people trying to paste Word-formatted copy into rich-text form fields. This will generate horrible HTML markup that is challenging to style and maintain. This can seriously degrade the quality of a new site or app.
Markdown is useful because it’s a plain-text, human-readable content format that can be parsed into HTML later on its journey to being read on the internet.
Here’s how we’re using Markdown in our content development process at Healthsparq.
To help all our various internal teams visualize our design process and where they fit within it, we sketched this out the other day in a meeting that included our director of product, some front-end guys, our user researcher, and the design/UX teams (there’s not much distinction between…
I’m helping visualize our design process at healthsparq. Here’s our first take:
ResumUP: Visualize Your LinkedIn or Facebook Profile
This really caught my eye this evening. It’s a very fresh way of looking at one’s profile, and the career timeline is just gorgeous.
I don’t know how it deduced my rough personality profile (it was mostly right) and I can’t quite figure out what to do with the Skills infographic (there’s no help. Beta!). Am I 30% writing, or 40%? I’ve seen those a lot on resumes of late and they kind of bug me. The last few interviews I’ve been in, people are printing out my resumes and writing stuff down (side note: when I spoke the magic word, “typography”, pens really got going!).
There’s much to love here, though. I do feel lost, and a bit numb, scrolling through my full-to-the-gills LinkedIn profile. ResumUP is a rather pleasant - if only skin-deep - way to get a quick view of someone’s work history and current status.
I really love timeline graphics - I may incorporate this into a resume, or a site somehow. The hardest thing about making them by hand is getting the time relationships to convert to spacial ones (unless you’re a math nerd). I’ve used Bee Docs’ Timeline 3D before for some neat historical visualizations (see my presentation design samples, and motion graphics reel for a glimpse), and I recommend it heartily.
The profile view is really just the beginning for this app - the tool they’re building up to is the Career Plan. This is really cool, but only as good as the data, and the data relationships (step A > B > C). I honestly have a hard time defining what I do, based on BLM data. I don’t fit well in their boxes, like a process engineer or elevator repairman might. So, the value isn’t there quite yet for someone like me (who does web dev, design, UX, and video).
What do you think? Is this a tool you’d use, if you’re either recruiting or searching for a job?
I always enjoy geeking out on the UI’s of the Future in movies. Here’s a great, IMDB-like site just for those - let the GUI candy-gorging commence!
Fantasy User Interfaces, Fictional User Interfaces, Fake User Interfaces, Futuristic User Interfaces. Regardless of what the F stands for, they all represent the same thing: the user interfaces and heads up displays found in many popular movies and television shows.
Kit FUI is an IMDb-like database that makes it easy to find screenshots, videos and the designers of these FUIs.