Monday, March 16, 2009

DoodleBuzz; a typographic news explorer by Brendan Dawes

To the left is the result of a search on social computing and a doodle. DoodleBuzz is a news aggregator, but one you customize each time you use it. That sounds awkward and uninviting (and it may grow tiresome in time), but so far it seems like a fun and intriguing way to read news and find unexpected connections.

As it says on the site, "The interface for DoodleBuzz is simply a scribbled line. Draw a straight line. Draw a curved line. Draw a crazy, chaotic, all-over-the-place messed up line. It's up to you how you want to layout the information - DoodleBuzz simply provides a blank canvas for you to use and abuse.

Why do that? Well, the web is full of top-down scrolling websites that are great for viewing information in a linear fashion, but not so good at fun things like chance and exploration. So a scribbled line seemed to be the antithesis of the scrolling linear paradigm."

To get more links, doodle from the text and get an excerpt. A click on the excerpt takes you to the news site. It's based on DayLife,a new way to explore the news -also worth a look.

Found at the SXSW2009 Interactive

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