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Thinking outside the GUI
Filed under: thinking, alan-jacobs, structure, user-interface, social-media

Before I begin, despite how it seems, this is not a technical post.

GUI is short for Graphical User Interface - something that, I think, is a big part of the figurative 'box' in the wisdom of 'thinking outside the box'. Recently, I've been exploring data visualization - design of visuals for encoding and propagating information - leading me to take a closer look at the structure behind webpages and applications that we use regularly. More specifically, I'm pondering how the structural properties of Social Media networks like Twitter and Instagram or content distribution apps like Spotify effect my cognition (process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses).

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