The difference between UI and UX

I have been a web developer for over 6 years, and during my work life, I have worked both on front end and back end web development. In the past 6 years, I have seen innumerable people interchange UI(User Interface) and UX(User Experience), some even mid-sentence, thinking they are the same. They could not be more wrong. Both these have a world of difference between them, and what is remarkable…

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Big data meets design: Visual communication in big data

A chance encounter with Crayon’s co-founder Srikant Sastri in Colombo in 2012, led to my introduction to Crayon’s founder Suresh Shankar in Singapore. It took just a few meetings with Suresh, for me to realize that he is a visual story teller. In strict technical terms, he represented a semiotic view of symbols and usefulness, while I represented the ontological view of correctness and completeness of the same data set.…

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Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” This quote from Robert L Peters best defines what Crayon is setting out to do. We are having a design discussion, as we shape our products, our culture and our future. This exercise is also a start in making our own data more ‘visual’. Here is the first round of voices in a mind map that will grow as you…

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Big Data Made Visual

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons” – Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949. Predictions. Rock solid, one day.  Busted as myth, the next.  But the relentless march of our imagination – and creation – must go on. From children’s literature to crime thrillers, weather forecasts to wars, earthquakes to alien invasions, we are sure almost nothing will escape the tantalizing tales that big data…

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