Experiments — for an AI driven recommender app where users compose a perfectly tuned evening.

Early Concept with curved lines

Let’s tackle the process of choosing one option out of hundreds.

This experimental option space helps users to compose an evening. The graph-like waves represent different levels of activity and extroversion. Events and locations are classified in relation to the users personal profile and then displayed as data points along the lines.

Users are provided with a pre-selection of options, that is matched to their personality profile and current mood. They can now decide if they want to tune their activity levels up or down by selecting a calm (low) or more energetic (high) activity or location.

Visualising complexity requires leaps of creativity.

The diagrams turned out to be too inflexible in the implementation. Although the presentation was intuitive and stimulating, the exact positioning of the data points would require specific calculation models and thus severely restrict the design of the graphs. Nevertheless, this work formed an important basis for later reflection on the use of option spaces.

In a later version we went back to a more conventional interface while keeping one curved line as “path” through the evening.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

E. F. Schumacher
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