This maintenance was in preparation for the next phase of CT. Behind the scenes, we've been designing a plan for making CT into a practical instrument; applicable, repeatable, concise, and user-friendly. More to come later.
Lots to say. It's easier to show, than to explain. ^^ But I'll list the main new pages here for you.
Post by ayoungspirit on Aug 1, 2016 12:02:26 GMT -5
I am pleasantly surprised by the layout. It is more academical in substance, but in truth, it may be better suited to our enterprise and public, feedback will tell !
The pictures on the articles are getting a little small, but I should be able to add a simple instruction to enlarge them (right click > open in a new folder), since they are originally uploaded at full size. Something to keep in mind when updating the internal links.
The starting page is also a bit confused with its use of the word "theory" as a category, and it could be a little bit more expository, or inviting, like the lab ! As a guest, I am not sure I would be intuitively directed toward the "More" link to see the introduction, especially with so much to click on. Why not a more explicit statement like "Read the introduction" ?
As implied before, the reductive and prospective divide of interpretation is also welcome, and it will be significant to implement it in the Work-In-Progress threads and the resulting articles.
In the meantime, I would like to add a long-pending suggestion toward the creation of a fictional database. Obviously, "characters" are not people, and depending on the medium, do not necessarily offer comparative impressions. Thus, it would be constructive in my opinion, not only to draw some similarities, but also to examine the diversion from the actual, whether through depicted traits, or perhaps through the format or aesthetic itself. Overall, the subject is as inspiring as it is equivocal, and it would perhaps warrant a dedicated discussion, or a disclaimer.
Yes, it's not up to my aesthetic, but it's an experiment with a different type of prioritization. Feedback very welcome!
When the site first launched earlier this year, it was necessarily sparse. This wasn't intentional, but it was the most we could do. To compensate, I went for a sleek graphical design. However, as you'll notice, all major typological models generally have an online portal that acts as a data-rich wiki. Socionics, MBTI, enneagram, celebritytypes, etc. Like wikipedia itself, these sites are very successful not because of their flare, but because the information is accessible, and complete. CT as a model has needed, and will continue to need that -- but we haven't had enough material to make it work. We might be reaching that point where we can pull it off, and become a source which others can link/share in other places.
The previous design felt cumbersome when it came to accessing information. In retaining a sleek look, it hid a lot of the links from sight. This new theme sorta lays all resources in front of you, pretty much from any page you're on. So it's a more content-driven theme, which makes for better article linking, etc.
The starting page, hmm. Trying to figure out what to do about this. The word "Index" comes to mind, as I'd like for it to be an immediate portal into the most important information. I'll try a few things out, in a bit, to see what you think.
#fictional database - ahhh yes. It needs a disclaimer for sure. They're more like archetypes or stereotypes, but sometimes they're really useful for getting a grasp of the essence of a type, so long as the writers embedded real psychology into it.
Post by ayoungspirit on Aug 3, 2016 15:37:20 GMT -5
I see what you were aiming for.
If I may nuance my viewpoint though, there is a drawback to the current design, which came in light while browsing some the references. It can feel generic.
In a way, it conveys simplicity and structure, like students reporting on an experiment. This is critical to share our trust and method with volunteers.
Nonetheless, we should consider being a little bit more distinctive. The project is, after all.
You could say we have a unique and meaningful logo, but it does not goes far enough to give a "sense of place".
Sorry for the vagueness of this claim, but the aim require more originality than simply being sleek. Not much certainly, but subtle, like a unique design or mechanic. Maybe it will come to the web-tool ?
That was easy to say, now to try answering this dilemma !
this one has a feature where the frontpage functions like a grid-shaped display of the newest additions/articles.
it does interesting things with thumbnails...at different screen sizes! i like how it adds a level of importance to the volunteer videos. really makes each entry look solid and important, somehow. especially if each volunteer video has the transcript and analysis in it.
i wonder if this feels like it's going in the right direction. still trying to eye-ball the ideal match. any suggestions welcome!
Heya all! ...this thread is open to others too not just the admins. Please feel free to offer any ideas, past or present, that you've had about how the website could be improved in what it provides the global community.
I know it takes a while, due to time constraints, but we'll find a way to do it~!
Opportunities for Support?
Some of you have asked us for things that could help flesh out CT. Hard work isn't super fun! ...but there are some things that could really really help. if you feel inclined to take on one of these tasks, you can let us know what you're working on (either in this thread or by pm) so we don't overlap.
Transcribing the Collection vids. There's an example of this with Steve and Lizzy. The transcripts themselves are very telling testimonies about the types, and can be the beginning of forming new profiles. So far only Steve and Lizzy's have been transcribed.
Add Celebrities (thumbnails and videos) For those of you who have the PDF or the book, we'd like to start filling up the Celebrity database with at least the rest of the samples in the back of the book (minus a few corrections). What would help is two things:
- Finding a thumbnail of the celebrity that is forward facing, and fills up the right proportions/framing (i.e. like these). the thumbnails are all 300px wide by 210px tall, png.
- Finding a video where the celebrity is interviewed and where their type is clearest. some guidelines would be avoiding large-crowd interviews (i.e. Ellen DeGeneres) in favor of one-to-one videos, selecting videos that are between 4-8 minutes long (not super long), and videos that don't have a lot of intro/outro time, but which jump directly to the interview part.