Memory Lane: Spicy Nodes

[Editor’s Note: Occasionally, we will repost a previously published article on the blog. Our community is growing quickly and that means this might be new to a lot of folks. This was originally posted on October 29, 2009.  It was written by Will deBock.]
Hey Everyone!

I’ve had a bit of a fallow period in finding interesting, worthwhile stuff for you guys.  I’ve been researching, but came up with a lot of dead-ends.

I have also been pondering the question of how to make the information on the blog and the IL Events more accessible as a reference for IL Fans and casual visitors to the site.  The key is that I want to do this without recreating tons of information.

I discovered SpicyNodes and while it is still in early beta, it might do the trick!  It is a tool that allows you to create a mind-map-like interface to display information.  It is very visual and will appeal to those of us who like to click-click-click.   I created a brief demo below.  (It doesn’t fit perfectly on the blog, but you can see a larger presentation here.)

Here is a prototype of how the navigation might work!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Let me know what you think about spicynodes, but also about the idea of making IL information and presentations more accessible.



2 responses to “Memory Lane: Spicy Nodes

  1. Nice tool. Thnx for showing it.

    Not sure if it makes a good nav tool. For me, it wouldn’t, at least for regular use.

    But a good teaching tool? Hmmmm. I can see using it to help students understand the program design process. I’ve been looking for a better way to do that, and this might help.


    • I think you are right. For navigation it is a bit jittery and keeps things buried. But for teaching a process it might be good. Also as a live presentation tool, it might be quite effective.


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