Entries by Cath

Sembl for GLAMs

Over the last couple of months I’ve been asking myself: how can Sembl help galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) do what they do, better? Actually, I’ve been asking myself the same question in relation to educators, but that’s for a later, longer post. For now, I’m sharing some of my thinking and action in relation […]

Sembl @ NDF2012

So I remember what people said, I’ve compiled tweets about my presentation on Sembl to the National Digital Forum in Wellington on 20 November 2012. It starts with announcements and descriptions… Sembl – explore the world thru resemblance #ndf2012 — Mike White (@AstronomyMike) 6 days ago http://Sembl.net #ndf2012 — Mike White (@AstronomyMike) 6 days ago […]

Lines become thought-space

More thoughts on interface design… and fun with animated GIFs :) Imagine that you’re looking at a large, complex network of connected nodes. As you hover over any line between two nodes, it draws the two nodes together, then splits and expands into a single thought-space enclosing its two seeds, thus: On click, the single […]

Sketching data structure & interface

Thinking about how in Sembl, the lines that connect things are not lines but, actually, circuits – because they are always already mutual, originating from and applying equally to both things – I started to imagine how the network of aggregated game data would look, and how you could interact with it to explore both […]

Typographic design

What fonts to use for the name of the game, and in it? I *love* this Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ typeface, Archer. Look at that ‘C’! What a lovely game name/heading Archer Book would make: gorgeously classic-yet-futuristic. With Verlag Condensed as a complementary contrast for in-game body text.

On group size and complexity

Sembl works for lots of different sized groups. We reckon that playing in a team of two to four is ideal. Any fewer and the ideas might not flow freely; any more and you might have too little time with your hands on the device :) Below you can see board designs for three, four, five […]

A dialogic order of knowledge

This post is a provocation, triggered by Mike Bergman‘s clear and interesting talk on the semantic web in use. It follows some earlier, fuzzier thinking of my own on Sembl and linked data. I now understand where Sembl fits in relation to the semantic web. The answer is that it doesn’t, not really, because Sembl triples are quintessentially […]