mx. possible inspiration.



From the Mashable link above:
Quick Pitch: TwoSides makes it easy to see every side of an issue and compare viewpoints with others
Genius Idea: See how your viewpoints match up against the presidential candidates.

When you submit a topic, its a very simple process. You write down the issue in a concise, one sentence statement, with the option to include background information on the issue, and press submit. Once you do that you associate your issue with topics. I would almost say you must have "background information" for your issue to be "valid".

One thing I like about this website is the option to put in evidence to back why you agree with an issue. It gives it more validity to your vote than just an opinion. (can we create rewards that help encourage more users to do this?)

But the even nicer thing I like is the "ping" option for when you "know someone [who you think is] better suited to add evidence. perhaps an expert." You simply "ping" them to let them know about the issue. It's a quick way to tell other people in the community of a topic being discussed, and I think is a good example of this. It's quick & straightforward, no need to be bulky and overworked.

Also, the "related issues" is a nice simple way to get other issues(advocations) heard/seen. And the simple, circular infographs aren't bad either. Visuals are always good, no?

What's unfortunate, however, is the "Genius Idea" is 3ish+ clicks deep, and in no way shown how to get to there or that it even exists(unless you love digging around in websites, or read mashable.com)

Some things to possibly help inform decisions about our community and how our community works.


mx. outline of 6 initial wireframe scenarios.

Scenario 1; hub; How do I find & sign up for a political event?
  1. log into the community
  2. click on the events tab/section
  3. search for the democratic events
  4. scroll through the list to find an event to go to, click on one
    • see that friends are going to some of the events
    • show how many people from the community are going in total
  5. browse the page, rsvp to it
    • see a list of whats going to happen there
    • see what politicians are going to be there
    • see what type of event it is
    • see the list of who already RSVP'd
    • location, date, time
  6. confirmation box on top to confirm your rsvp and get a "clout point" added to your "clout count"
  7. from this confirmation page select friends you want to share the event to and hit share

Scenario 2; iphone app; How do I find friends(current and possible) from the community at the event & have a richer event experience?
  1. whip out your hand-dandy iphone from your pocket and open the community app
  2. click on the "check in" button
    • based on your location(gps feature, it checks you into the right event automatically, no searching for the right one
    • only have a few options to choose from on this screen
      • check in (at event)
      • friend contact information list
      • update status
      • upload photo/video
      • terminology list
      • possibly others
  3. the event page pulls up on your iphone
    • who else is there
      • current friends, and possible friends
        • have a way to add new friends your friends list from this screen
    • a list of politicians & other important people who should be attending
    • list of what's happening at this event
    • ability to post a status update
    • ability to upload a picture/video to the event page & your profile
  4. add a few friends to your list
  5. scroll down the screen and make a status update
  6. take a picture and upload it to your profile & event page

Scenario 3; ipad app; How do I prepare and participate in a video debate?
  1. Snuggle down into your couch and whip out your handy-dandy ipad from your back pocket and open the community app
    • it shows you the options you have to choose from
      • video debates
      • your profile
      • vocabulary list
      • topic pages
      • possibly others
  2. you notice the video debates button is flashing and you click on it
  3. the page loads and you click on "my debates"
    • have different sections
      • debates currently going on
      • my debates
      • upcoming debates
      • past video debates
      • suggest a debate
  4. see the list of debates you're signed up for and click on the debate that's going to happen in an hour
  5. the debate page pulls up and click on "make notes"
    • other parts to this page
      • time remaining until debate starts
      • who all is participating in debate
      • how many and who RSVP'd to watch the debate
      • overview of what the debate is about and what questions will be asked
      • make notes
      • join debate
  6. make some notes
  7. a warning that the debate starts in 5 minutes, click "thanks!"
  8. finish notes, go back to the previous screen and click on "join debate"
  9. the debate participant screen loads
    • the other 4 participants screens, your screen, and the monitor's screen
    • the notes you made
    • how many people are currently watching
    • how much time the debate has left/how much time you have left to talk
    • the current question asked
  10. a screen of a person who currently has the floor

Scenario 4; hub; How can I advocate something that I'm passionate about?
  1. Click on the "Advocate" tab at the top of the website(hub)
  2. Click on Submit Topic
    • other selections
      • Advocated Topics
      • Pending Advocations(only active if you've submitted a topic to advocate)
      • About Advocations
  3. Fill out the topic
    • Who, what, where, why?
  4. submit topic
  5. (2 days later) click on advocate tab
  6. click on "pending advocations"
  7. see how many people have voted for your topic and how many have voted against your topic, and what they all have to say
  8. (possible) advocate page for your submitted topic
  9. (possible) your profile with the advocate badge

Scenario 5; iphone app; How do I find the definition of Obamacare while having a discussion in Current Events Class?
  1. you're having a discussion in your Current Events Class about the US debt crisis and someone uses the phrase "Obamacare" and you go, "Whaaaaaa?"
  2. whip out your iphone(yes, in class) and open the community app
    • list of options to chose from
      • check in (at event)
      • friend contact information list
      • update status
      • upload photo/video
      • terminology list
      • possibly others
  3. click on the terminology list
  4. search for Obamacare
  5. the page loads with the different terms(listed most voted up to most voted down)
  6. (possible) click on "related terms"
  7. (possible) up pops a web of terms related to Obama Care and other such relations and how they connect

Scenario 6; hub; I want to vote up Tyler Baldwin's opinion on the US debt crisis and look at his activity within the community.
  1. Reading the discussion on the topic page for the US debt crisis, you read a post from "Tyler Baldwin"
  2. Click on the "vote" button on his post
  3. Click on his username
    • on his profile
      • name, picture, basic info
      • current status update
      • events he's been to
      • badges he's earned
      • "clout count"
      • activity
  4. Click on "activity"
    • discussions he's a part of and what he's said
    • people and posts he's voted for
  5. You see he's active in the community sharing well thought out views, but not always opinions that are the same as yours
  6. Click on "promote this member" and another "cpoint" was added to his "clout count"


mx. conceptual design ideas.

Where do I find Sources? (Websites, News Sources, Television shows, newspapers/magazines?)
User inputs interests by tagging, and marking what they would like to filter out. Through this, they would then be able to see a list of sources that address the issues they first tagged. To get into user to user interaction, seeing your friends sources that they use would also be helpful. So being able to relate and add your friend's sources would also be available.

Where can I find the top ten current events?
When finding a hard list of main current political events going on can get frustrating. So through having   a section to be able to always go to and check what the top ten current events of the day are would be available.  When checking this list, the user then can click on one current event then see all the stories and information attached to see why it a main current event. As to how the interface sorts through this information, it can be a rating system to see how many people have read/appreciated that article/source/event.

How and where can I register to vote?
User selects voting icon, then inputs where their location is. After inputing their location it then loads all possible places to register to vote. As well as showing them how to register on line, through a specific step by step key to a already filled out form, so they feel less intimidated to start a blank form.

What are some popular political campaigns of the past?
Through a search engine, the system would have a very nice photo gallery space where the user can swipe through with ease, and by clicking on one campaign, it flips the piece over and gives the back ground and history of that campaign specifically.

What are the current currency rates?
When being in a store, such as a grocery or retail store, the user can scan the object and then see what that object would cost in other countries. This then would give them an idea of how much the dollar is really worth. After this action is finished the user can save it's search, so it's easy for them to go back and see what it may have been worth in a jif.

What are the main political parties views?
This part could possibly have an interactive game involved, such as a quiz or word puzzle to see certain differentiating words that describe each political party, therefore the user isn't just reading the information, they are interacting with it on a fun level, so hopefully it would be more fun to remember. This would also have a more list format of events that could relate to a high school student and see why each party is separated.

How can I communicate/get in touch with someone with similar views like me?
One way could be almost “dating website” worthy. Decided by how you filled out your profile and everything else you do, users could be suggested to you who both share the same opinions, as well as users whose views are opposite theirs. The opposite users should be recommended as well to help fuel discussion and growth among the community. The community can’t grow if liberals stick with liberals, conservatives with conservatives, etc. But along with pretty much everything else listed below. Through going to the same events, posting on the discussion boards, video debates, etc.

How do I become apart of/join a political event? / What political events are out there to join?
An ever updating feed from the different parties’ websites listing all of the events they each have coming up. A list that they can sort through by party, location, free/paid, type(fundraiser, rally, etc) and other ways. They could also see what events their friends are going to and if they decide to go to that one as well, the friend(s) who are already going will be notified that a friend has joined them. It could also show how many other people from the entire community are going. This could be one touch point to get the user in contact with others with the same views.

When they’re on the list of upcoming events it could tell the user if they have to sign up on the website to attend or not. If they have to sign up the website it could send them to the page to fill out that they’re going. If these websites are working in cooperation with the community there could be a way(button, etc) on their website to automatically sign them up for event and unlock special things for the user. Discounted rates if it’s a paid event, free shwag, unlock badges (like foursquare or others). When you sign up on the website and it’s working in cooperation with the community, it could automatically add you name to the list of attendees on the community’s website. If there isn’t a way/need to sign up you could simply click on “Attending” on the list which would add it to your profile. You could recommend the event to friends and others who you think would be interested in going.

At the event they could check in with their iphone application. You could post a quick update with the check in through twitter with a special hashtag, or on your profile in the community. It could show you how many others have checked in and who they are so you can find them and connect with them.
After the event you could post a review of the event on the page about how it went, post photos of the event on your page and tag the event in them. Possibly, the more events you go to, the more you could unlock in the community. You would have to check in at the actual event for it to count, however. The more events you go to, the more points you get. The more people you invite to events and that actually end up going gets you points. If you get enough to go to events, maybe get a special status “Influencer” or something.

How do I join a parties campaign? (e.g Obama's Campaign)
The different campaign parties could have public profiles in the community, or public pages for people to access. On the pages, the users could get information about what public figure’s stances are on different topics, videos of them, where they’ll be speaking at soon, events they themselves will be going to, and other information on them. The figure’s campaign could use the page to try and persuade the users to join them through posting about topics that high schoolers are interested in, or topics that directly affect them. There could also be a section to tell the user how they could help with the campaign if they join(or even if they don’t join), wether it be calling houses, volunteering at the local campaign headquarters, or volunteering at an event for them.

If the campaign is working in cooperation with the community, the user could possibly join the campaign right on the profile page in the community, or take them to the campaign’s website with a way to automatically sign up with their account from the community. They could give the user discounted membership rates, or maybe even free memberships and/or other things to encourage the user to join their campaign. Possibly even give them other things for joining, unlock special badges, etc.
By joining the campaign, their profile in the community could change somehow to recognize their support for that specific candidate. Give them a badge to put on their profile. They could recommend the campaign to friends who they think would be interested in the campaign. The more they volunteer with the campaign, or interact with it, or spread the word about it, the user could become a representative of the campaign in the community. They could have special access to things to thank them for their support. The more they interact with them, the more points they could get to unlock badges and other things.

How can I contribute to the communities discussion/event? / How can I bring awareness to something that I want to advocate?
There could be numerous ways to contribute to the communities’ discussions. There could be some sort of a message board / chat system that anyone could join. The message boards could be split up by topic(debt crisis, gay rights, specific public figures, etc) and have sub discussions going on about them. It should be a space where everyone who wants, could join in the discussion about any topic.
There would have to be a way to monitor activity on the message boards. It could possibly be a mixture of things. It could be self-monitored by the users. They could flag posts and/or people who are abusing the boards by attacking others or posting too many entries on topics. There could also possibly be some automatic things that happen. A user can only post one or a certain amount of entires on any one given topic per day, or after every x number of people. Someway to let everyone be heard equally. The more someone posts on a specific thread, the smaller their posts become so the ones who only post once or twice are seen among the other, more talkative people.

The more users post on the message boards, the more they would be seen. Their posts on the boards could lead to their profile. The user’s profile could house a multitude of things about the user. It should have a picture of them, their political stance. How they feel about specific topics, or show the topics that they’re interested in. This could be determined by what topics they contribute to on the message boards the most, what events they go to, and what political party(ies) they join. Their profile could also show, with much attention, anything they are advocating that they posted themselves.

On the message boards, there could be a place for users to start their own threads on topics that they feel need to be addressed. It could be anything they wanted, as long as it was relevant to (first and foremost) the community, to politics, and more than just themselves and/or a few of their friends. There would need to be someway to make sure this happens. Maybe they have to submit it and wait for it to be peer reviewed by 5 or 10 other users who aren’t their friend before it gets put up, or something like that.

There could also be video discussion/debate chats that happen live with video cams between multiple people. There could be specific topics that will be given the chance to video chat about. They would be prearranged for a specific time and topic, and people could RVSP to the events. The debates/discussions could be limited to a certain number of people who could participate in the actual event, but anyone could view the discussion as it happens. Like with Google+ hangouts, there could be a way to automatically highlight the person who is talking. There could also possibly be a time limit for everyone. Once they’re highlighted, they have 5 minutes to speak their side before it moves to the next person, and everyone has to go once before the user could go again. Though, again, there needs to be some way to monitor and flag people who are abusing it. The debates could possibly even be recorded and automatically posted to the community. Possibly, the more video debates you do, the more points you gets, which could unlock badges. When you do debates, people debating and watching can vote for you if they believe you have thoughtful insights and bring something extra to the discussion. But, at the same time, the more video debates you do, the less of a chance you get to do them. Users could have a timeframe to apply to be a part of a video debate and then the people who get to participate are chosen semi-randomly. The more video debates you’ve done, the less of a chance you have of being chosen, but the more votes you have, the chance you’ll be chosen will rise again.

How can I show I value someone's opinion?
When people post on the message boards, there could be a way for people to “+1” them(or something of the like). The more a post gets +1’d, the more attention is brought to it and the user. either through it being bigger than others, or highlighted somehow in the thread. If a user and their posts get enough recognition they could be highlighted somehow for being a vital part of the community. There could be one(or more) person on the front page being highlighted for that day for the involvement they have in the community.

There could be many ways they could got up there though. They could be up there for the reason above, or they could be recommended by other users. The users could recommend other users and give a brief explanation why they believe their should be highlighted. They could even possibly be highlighted because they’ve posted something to the boards that users feel need even more attention. It could be another way for people to advocate ideas or goings-on. They could also be recommended for the work they’ve done around the community, ie, a user is an active and thoughtful video debater constantly bringing ideas to the discussion that others deem highly important and thought out.

The idea that users who arent necessarily the most active users, but bring a high level of discussion and thought to the community should be highlighted. Not saying that highly-active members shouldn’t be highlighted, but content over count should also be taken in account.

How will the debt crisis effect me in the future?
There could be the idea of the message board(stated above in the “How can I contribute to the communities discussion/event? / How can I bring awareness to something that I want to advocate?” section) and having threads dedicated to the discussion of one topic, say the debt crisis. There could be a thread under every topic for the discussion of the users of how they believe this affects them now and how it will affect them in the future.  But there could be much more than that.

I wonder if there could be individual pages/sections that are multifacted and house all of the most up-to-date articles found on the web on specific topics(the biggest topics, or all topics). The bigger topics would obviously have more information on their page(s) but they could have more features than the smaller topics. They could be the topics with the video debates. The live debates could be viewed on the topics page, as well as archived video debates on the same topic. Both the bigger topic pages, and the smaller topic pages could act as an ever-updating stream of links to articles being published on the topic. The pages could pull from major news sources, focusing on finding articles posted most recently. All of this to help the users form their own opinions of how they believe topics will affect them in the future, and not just tell them the “correct answer” when there never is one.

How can I keep up to date on political terminology?
There could be a processor intensive program running in the background of the entire community collecting words used throughout the community, and maybe even beyond, and compile a list of the most popular terms from what they find. It could be sorted many different ways(how new are they, what do they mean, etc) It could also be user edited as well. Users could put their own definitions into the system (a la Urban Dictionary & wikipedia) and other users can vote if they feel the definition is right or wrong. The more information the users put in there, the more complete the dictionary will be. there could also be a web-based visual part to this. Something that shows the inter-connectivity of the words to other words and ideas that help the users figure out what words mean, as well as giving them synonyms and other such things.


Design Systems. KCTV5 Rebrand. Phase 1.

True news reporting should be about the facts, and not underlined by political views or sensationalism. There are news companies in other countries that are striving to do just that, fact reporting. The US needs more of this.

This is why I chose to rebrand KCTV5, a local news station here in Kansas City. KCTV5 suffers from swayed news reporting like many other news stations, it’s hard not to be, everyone has their own opinions. KCTV5 also has the issue, like many news stations, of not being memorable and standing out in its field. Its overall identity is not as cohesive as it could be to help people remember it.

So, I am proposing to reposition KCTV5 as a leader in fact reporting both in Kansas City, but also the US in general. One that focuses on giving the viewers the facts and let them decide their own opinions on the events affecting them.

KCVT5 (final)

The updated objective for my rebrand of KCTV5 News:

Rebrand KCTV5 for a slightly younger audience who is active in the community. Make KCTV5 known for its trustworthy fact reporting through a structured, cohesive, and considered style. A style that is as visually current as the news it is reporting, and one that speaks of an unbiased nature, riding itself of sensationalism.


visual advocacy. ivanhoe brainstorming.

Some initial ideas that have caught my attention.
  • no grocery stores
  • carpooling for grocery shopping
  • create pride within Ivanhoe within the younger community
    • use that pride and passion to fight crime, and clean up the neighborhood
  • How to get information out to people quicker
  • build an interest in Ivanhoe from the outside community to get people to move in
  • power in numbers, work together to find the crime
  • religion plays a vital role in their community, possibly work with the local churches some how
  • working with UMB bank to get more people actively using it
  • inform people how to take care of their houses, how to do small tasks to make things look nice
  • bring lights to the neighborhood
  • bring attention to The Q(The Quilombo Cultural Center), get more kids involved, have the q involved more with the community
from the list above, i pulled out the list below of things that stuck out to me even further and that has potential.
  1. creating pride in Ivanhoe within the young community
  2. inform people about the little things they can do to liven up their houses and take care of them
  3. bring street lights to the dark areas of the neighborhood
  4. bring more attention to The Q and get it more involved with the neighborhood and get the youth more involved with the center
My initial idea was to figure out a way to bring pride to the youth in Ivanhoe. If we could empower the youth, they could bring a new level of help to the community to make it better in every way. However, if I went with number 2 that could lead into a direct correlation with getting people outside of the neighborhood interested in the neighborhood and want to move in. Thinking about number three, installing one street lamp costs $30,000, however, bringing awareness to this need isn't a bad idea, it would help fight crime at night. Idea 4 could work with idea 1. If we get the youth active at The Q, The Q could start to build a sense of pride in the youth needed help get them active in Ivanhoe.

For 1, Yolanda at the Nutter Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center is the Youth Coordinator
For 2, I could approach the local Habitat for Humanity and other local house building company to partner with.
For 3, I would need to work with city engineers and possibly the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to write a proposal.
For 4, work with The Q directly to update their program and more