SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Attraction metaphor
Re: SIGIA-L: Attraction metaphor
From: Thomas Vander Wal (thomas_at_vanderwal.net)
Date: Mon Apr 01 2002 - 08:11:31 EST
I like your page and will add it and attribute the idea. I really like the
idea of swam interaction and attraction. I had not thought of attraction in
I have mobile devices loosely sprinkled in the current document. Mobile
devices were a strong part of what helped me think through this idea.
Attraction works in not only finding information, but in bringing
information to the user. The device (Web browser, mobile device,
information agent, etc.) is just a conduit for the attraction to take place.
Each device has its own properties of attraction, such as mobile devices
would only be able to attract smaller pieces of information and information
we set to follow us in our "rough cloud of magnetized digital information".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Lee" <mlee_at_emagination.com>
To: "Thomas Vander Wal" <thomas_at_vanderwal.net>; <sigia-l_at_asis.org>
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 7:49 AM
Subject: RE: SIGIA-L: Attraction metaphor
This is an interesting thesis. I'd like to suggest adding web-enabled mobile
devices, or what I've called "attention magnets," to your framework. Look at
the photos in the lower right column of this page I made for a class on
designing a UI for the i-mode phone:
http://www.visuallee.com/flex/class1.html . The vignette of life at Shibuya
Crossing in Tokyo is a vivid description of swarm interaction and
From: Thomas Vander Wal [mailto:thomas_at_vanderwal.net]
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 7:07 PM
Subject: SIGIA-L: Attraction metaphor
I have been working on a metaphor of attraction and have an early draft of
it posted on my site:
I am looking for the solid minds of sigia-l to review it and find where it
breaks and where it may be extended. The term metaphor of attraction is not
its ultimate term as it is not easily grasped.
I would like to open the collaboration on this principle of attraction
(metaphor of attraction) to all interested in moving it forward.
The reason behind the attraction metaphor began out of discussions of the
navigation metaphor not completely explaining what happens on the Web and
really breaks when extending to where the Internet as a whole is currently
and where it is going (machine to machine information agents, P2P, ect.).
I have been using attraction principles with clients to explain why
navigation does or does not work, as well as search. The client quickly
understand that for users to find information they users have to be able to
be attracted to the terms (terms the users understand). Building taxonomies
and user-centered development is a relatively step for clients to make from
When a user searches they are trying to attract information that is
magnetized to that search term. They click and browse through terms that
have a positive relationship, in their minds, to what they are seeking.
Building taxonomies is aggregating terms with attraction toward each other
and central concepts. Personalization is setting terms to draw information
toward the users. Just starting points.
All the best,
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