January 24th, 2008

I’m in yr bookz…

… visualizing your tags :)


The “Tagging” book by Gene Smith is out. I am still awaiting a paper copy, but had a chance to look at the online version already. It looks really comprehensive, concise and covering all important tagging concepts. Which is not easy for such a moving target topic.

Besides, my elastic tag maps visualization is featured on p.102f. Nice!

January 24th, 2008

FIND’08: 2nd international workshop on Dynamic Taxonomies and Faceted Search

I would like to make you aware of the workshop of interest for anybody into faceted search and related topics:

FIND ’08: 2nd international workshop on Dynamic Taxonomies and Faceted Search

Torino, Italy, September 1-5, 2008 (in conjunction with DEXA 2008)

Important Dates:

Submission of papers: 15 March 2008
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2008
Camera-ready copies: 15 May 2008


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December 1st, 2007

The Language of Graphics

I read into Yuri Engelhardt’s dissertation “The Language of Graphics”, and I think it is a fantastic piece of work.
As the title suggests, the thesis suggests a linguistically motivated approach to the analysis of graphics: based from a syntactical analysis of space, objects and their relations, Engelhardt classifies and exemplifies different types of syntactic structures in which graphical objects can be arranged in order to convey meaning.
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September 28th, 2007

Best Masters Thesis

My thesis was awarded a price for the best Masters Thesis at our university. Although the competition was not that large, I am proud nevertheless. I should be pretty much unstoppable now :)

September 20th, 2007

FIND07 workshop

Much too late, but better than never: I attended the lovely FIND07 workshop in Regensburg, presenting my work on the Elastic Lists. In the beginning, I felt a bit weird at the conference, being the only designer in sight, but the workshop itself was pretty inspiring and maybe also fruitful for the future.

So special thanks and greetings to


You can find my slides here. The change blindness video was copied from here.

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August 3rd, 2007

Happiness is…


On August 1st, a new earthling entered the scene. Sina and I are happy, tired, and –happy.

July 12th, 2007

Thesis presentation


I will present my Thesis on Tuesday, 17.07.2007, 10.30am at FH Potsdam, Pappelallee 8-9, Building 5, Room 2.13.

Everybody’s invited to come!

June 11th, 2007

Visual tools for the socio–semantic web

Yes, it’s done.

Find the pdf here
and an overview of the experiments and visualizations here
and me in the sun :)

Check back, there might be more updates (especially for Konduit) over the next couple of weeks, as I am preparing my final presentation.

And other than that, this blog will, of course, go on, with more visualization and interaction pieces, critiques and discoveries.

May 31st, 2007

Weinberger at the Well

There is an interesting discussion with David Weinberger (author of “Everything is miscellaneous“) going on at the Well about folksonomies and metadata.

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May 28th, 2007

Tag maps update again

> Tag maps v5

PS: 12 days to go, wish me luck!