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The Effects of Grouping Information on UX

I've struggled for many years to describe Inclr. Whilst it's so real to me, it's been hard to describe easily. Is it a mind mapper, an organiser, cyberspace or personal notetaker? With further upgrades, it's also a presentation, collaboration and community tool. Whilst all these words describe Inclr's utilities, what I am most interested is the effect of "grouping" in one's life.


What do I mean by "grouping"? Inclr stands for Information Cluster - a cluster within which information huddles. My constant question is: "What happens when this is grouped? or that?". For example, what happens if web browser sessions, RSS and podcasts are grouped according to inclrs, which means by category and placed into troves of other related information? Does the user experience and behaviour change? Would they see and use web sessions, RSS or podcasts differently? Would I save bookmarks differently?


Further, what if emails were grouped by inclr? One email account whose emails are split by category alongside notes and to-do lists? How would this revolutionise email? This kind of thing really excites me. It's why I refused to cut down on Entry types.


My fundamental belief is that the way we currently engage our information via UI/UX is so basic, so baby-ish, that our brains are becoming mush. Creators of tech aren't engaging our brains in complex ways to absorb complex data. Instead they prefer to let the user figure out how to memorise something and turn it into knowledge. Much like comparing our cities of old, we can't imagine how one could live without the richness found in today's urban fabric. Yet tech sometimes feels to me like the Wild West.


Each inclr does a lot more than simply grouping files together. Hence the interaction with each other and within itself becomes more rich too. Does a to-do list perform differently in one inclr vs another? And what if they are linked?


Finally because a user owns many inclrs, it begs the question of what is the user's identity as represented by a collection of inclrs? Does one of the inclrs represent them the most? Or one Inclr Set vs another set? Compared to other platforms which represent a user with an icon and a bio, Inclr tries to say that each and every one of us has multiple facets, wherein no one thing can fully represent us. I find this discussion incredibly fascinating. Feel free to email me for further discussion.


mind mapper, an organiser, cyberspace, personal notetaker

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