the feeling of 'having it under control'

visuospatial interfaces™


the visuospatial interfaces™ paradigm stands for interaction structures that offer a spatially consistent organization
of a system's modules.
'cuts' that force the user to adapt to new orders that don't spatially refer to previously learned situations are cognitively demanding and require adaptation processes. these increase the risk of a user to feel cognitively overstrained and provoke operating errors.

benefits of visuospatial interfaces™ for the user include:
- easy constitution of a conceptual model
- highly effective learning curve
- immediate feeling of familiarity with a system's structure
- natural feeling of secureness - 'having the system under control'
- impression of controllability from the beginning of usage - also for non-computer affine target groups


the core modules of vısuos™


the visual query

the visual space
  vısuos·search™ offers a powerful, easy to use basis for querying any class of private or public information space. each search term is represented by a circle. Boolean expressions are represented by combinations of circles and are simply operated by direct manipulation.

vısuos·space™ offers a unified visualization for multiple dialects of hierarchical and linear structured public and private hypermedia resources that in classical solutions are represented in independent, inconsistent forms.

the visual path- & link-manager

the visual flow
  vısuos·linkmanager™ is a time-based module. the link section offers a context space and is a basis for navigating elements linked to the one in focus. the trail section tracks the user's selections and visually connects them.

vısuos·flow™ is a linear structured, time-based space representing the past, present and future of all processes. module states and the users' actions are logged and visually represented and can be recalled at any point of time. future actions can be scheduled.

visual query - direct refinement


a query with an invalid combination

refined query with desired result
  vısuos·search™ allows the user to see the distribution of results.

when there's not the desired result, he can understand which term does not perform as wanted and refine via direct manipulation within the model (output = input).

in this example the user wants to find a worldcup champion. he accidentally uses "2008" as the third search term.
the red area indicates that there is no result in the intersection of "worldcup" and "2008".
he then concludes that the worldcup was in the year 2006. the correction of this search term directly leads him to the desired result.


integration - workflows across modules


the 4 main modules in one workspace

query result moved to personal space
  the system architecture allows to flexibly combine the modules needed.
So it easily adapts to higher workflows involving multiple classes of activity.

tight integration of the modules' conceptual models allows seamless interactions across all of them.
The result is a highly scalable system.

configuration & details


the linear mode

settings of the space module
  multiple perspectives, information breadths, and mechanisms of accessing information are offered.

the linear mode side module is an alternative text based approach to sets & elements, landmarks, internal links, and cross instance trails (workflow connections to other vısuos modules).

the settings menu allows the advanced user to configure the modules of vısuos to his specific needs.


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