Resume Eye Tracking and Heat Map

A pretty cool article on heat maps produced by eye tracking experiments on 30 professional recruiters over a 10 week period.

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

The two resumes below include a heat map of recruiters’ eye movements. The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:

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Cowbird by Jonathan Harris

This is another really cool project by Jonathan Harris (he also made “We Feel Fine”).

Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience.

Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, interested in telling deeper, longer-lasting, more nourishing stories than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web. We are building a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.

Cowbird is also experimenting with a new form of participatory journalism, allowing people from all over the world to collaborate in documenting the overarching “sagas” that affect our lives today. Sagas are things like the Japanese earthquake, the war in Iraq, and the Occupy Wall Street movement — things that touch millions of lives and shape the human story. We believe the real story of a saga is the story of every single person touched by the saga. But it’s never been possible to tell that kind of story — until now.”

A Guide to UX Careers

If anybody is into web design or user experience and was wondering what the difference is between an Interaction Designer vs. Visual Designer vs. UX Designer, this infographic does a pretty good job of laying it out for you. I found it a while back but thought I would share it. I particularly liked reading about the “Tools of the Trade” in the section at the very bottom.

An infographic guide to careers in user experience.

Dribbble – Browse by Color

I love this! Has anybody ever heard of Dribbble? It’s a web based show and tell community for designers and I really liked their “Browse by Color” feature. I’ve seen many like it in the past but this one also lets you pick by hex value which I thought was cool. Plus their UI is gorgeous.

I’m thinking I might use this when considering color schemes.

A picture of Dribble, a show and tell web service for designers, and their "browse by color" feature
Dribble's "Browse by Color" feature.

I Made My Own Clock Contest

I found a contest that challenged people to make their own clocks and thought that some of the entries were pretty cool. I don’t know if these really fall under the category of data vis but it certainly gets you thinking about different ways of viewing everyday objects. I also like how they attach the concept of time to things that we wouldn’t necessarily associate it with like shoes, burnt toast, or a shopping cart. I personally liked this one of Dunkin Donuts because it ties in nicely with their tagline of “American runs on Dunkin.”

Check it out here: David Stark’s “I Made My Own Clock Contest”

Christina Dimitriadis, "Time to Make the Donuts"
Made by Christina Dimitriadis, "Time to Make the Donuts"