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Can Design and Data Peacefully Coexist?

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by Angela Guess Phil Simon of Wired recently wrote, “Since its inception, Google hasn’t been the ideal place for design purists. After all, the company has always been all about data. Up until recently, it did not sell any tangible products. Without perhaps the world’s largest trove of information, Google’s might not even exist. One…

Big Data is Changing the Way We Design

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by Angela Guess Paul Papas of Wired recently wrote, “Picture an architect laboring over a blueprint, or an auto designer working out the basics of next year’s model. Once upon a time, this mental image probably included a drafting table and a clay model, but not much else. With some variation, those were creative tools…

Myth 2 – Meaningless Normalization

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by Karen Lopez Does this happen to you: someone gives you a table structure and asks you to say what normal form it’s in?  You look at it, see something that looks like repeating groups and some columns that look like they aren’t supposed to be mixed up with all those other columns (lets say…

The Importance of Schema Design

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by Angela Guess Chris Winslett of MongoDB recently wrote, “The first Mongo Days con­fer­ence I attended was Mon­goSV 2011.  I chose to attend ‘Schema Design at Scale,’ a pre­sen­ta­tion by Eliot Horowitz. The first slide was titled ‘Schema,’ and had a list of rea­sons to know Mon­goDB schema best practices: ‘Schema is the… Sin­gle biggest  per­for­mance factor;…

Data & Design: Better Together

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by Angela Guess Mark Hansen of the New York Times recently wrote, “From a speedometer to a weather map to a stock chart, we routinely interpret and act on data displayed visually. With a few exceptions, data has no natural ‘look,’ no natural ‘visualization,’ and choices have to be made about how it should be…

UX Design Considerations for Semantic Technology

Incorporating semantic technologies into applications is more practical than ever, and so the uses – and range of users – have become very broad. As leaders in this industry find ways to incorporate these advances into new products, we have to be as innovative with the human element… the user experience. How and when do…