Tangential comments about Software Development

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Four Dimension Tension

It's the end of the year, and the start of a couple of new projects. Both will build on what I learned with Debtograph, as both are visualising someone else's data.

It seems there are four tensions to be resolved in these projects:

Device where do we aim it, on a spectrum from every device to just the iPhone 6 plus?
Data dozens of analyses or just the one perfect fact?
Design will we keep making it more beautiful or go for black-and-white serviceable?
Devotees  seven billion potential users ... is it for everyone or just those like me?

I could do a fancy graphic trying to make this point, but here's what I can do with a mono-spaced font

   Device --o------- web page that runs on most devices
     Data -----o---- about a dozen ways of looking at the problem
   Design --o------- the fun part of the project - no dull charts
 Devotees -------o-- we have our fans but we're not facebook