AL UI Stations

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User Interface Stations

These are notes and measurements of the three columns where the bookmark stations will be.

Lower Level


  • No outlet or ethernet port, however there is a blank outlet plate on the left hand side of the column 5'7" high.
  • There is a fire extinguisher on the bottom left and side of the column.

Measurements(see photos and sketches)*

  • 8'5" tall to the top of the grate.
  • 2'9 1/2" wide (including borders)
  • 18 1/2" deep
  • The borders are 1 1/4" wide and 3/" deep.
  • The columns are 6'4" from column across

Middle Level


  • There is an extinguisher in the same place as in the lower level
  • There are two ethernet ports and two power outlets on the left hand side of the coulumn


  • All the measurements are the same for the middle level except that the column is 1" thinner

Upper Level


  • There are six power outlets and two ethernet ports
  • There is no fire extinguisher
  • There is a wireless router on the top left hand side


  • Everything is the same as middle level except that the column is 1" thinner and deeper


These are some ideas for what we could do with the bookmark station. Just a brain dump.

-Should we have a cubby hole or something to put books on while surfing the ui? While I dont feel it is fully realized yet, I like the place to rest the media while navigating the system. --BChoiniere 21:40, 30 March 2008 (EDT)

-Do we want bookmarks to be enclosed within a box or be freestanding on something like a podium?

We ought to consider the MetroCard Machine, which was designed by IDEO. It is a great example of a well designed electronic kiosk. --BChoiniere 21:40, 30 March 2008 (EDT)

Be careful, I would say if we inspire thinking about metrocard kiosks then we will have failed. Our stations abstractly relate, but they have little to do with metrocard kiosk or ATM machines etc. I am not terribly keen on the podium metaphor either. These should be an extension of the bookcase--integrated but very streamlined and self-contained. And yes, I think cubby holes for the objects is a good thing....more tonight when we meet.Robert_Ransick 07:30, 31 March 2008 (EDT)

Indeed, metrocard machines are a very different animal, but as kiosks go they solve their particular problem quite well. Aesthetics aside, I believe one of the major differences in what we want to do is captivate the user, where as ATM/metrocard machines are about getting the user to move on quickly. This is one of reasons why we need to consider what the user comes to the podium with and what will keep then from interacting. I am just throwing things out: a stool that is accessible for users who would to spend prolonged time using the system, hangers for bags, a cubby for books. The best thing about the metrocard machines is the clarity of function through color, we should have the same clarity. Perhaps not through color… but it should be brilliantly clear where things go. --BChoiniere 11:44, 31 March 2008 (EDT)


new sketches

I Like how some of the ideas are becoming more clear, especially what could become the side windows. The thing that I think about when looking at these is do they have to be so booth like in style? The remind me of an old arcade game a lil. If we want to take it in that direction I say we go for it all the way and start thinking about the phone booth like we had been during the first term, although I am not completely for that. Another thing I think about is do they have to extend all the way to the ground? I like the drawings with the more designed windows. I'm not so sure how much I like the scanner and bookmark in that same area. I think there must be a better way of dealing with the space while providing a home for both of those elements.Jirla 18:09, 6 April 2008 (EDT)

Bookmark and scanner go on either side of the screen

Scale sketches

Sketch on the left is frontal view. Things to note, this whole thing is only 2 feet 8 inches wide and about a foot deep. Scanner is on the left and the bookmark that is being docked is on the right. There is a cubby directly below to place a book in and directly below that is the chargin station for 3 bookmarks. Also, other things that are being thought about are how the tassle is going to be dealt with when a bookmark is docked and charging. Maybe there could be a slot to fit the tassle in or maybe it hangs on a hook? There are various levels of tilt on the screen in the sketch on the right. I think that 25 degrees may work the best just by looking here. Also, I think the borders could probably be thinner depending on how much space is needed for each bookmark. Once we get started on the 1:1 version of this in foamboard all these questions will be answered.

-I looked at the scanner and I don't think that having it above the screen will cause the scanners beam to show up on the screen. I don't think it will show up on the floor either eventhough we said that might be a cool thing.