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Hack Day

Team Crazy Eyes

Team Happy Face

We tackled the not-so-new idea of a dashboard — one to highlight all the key information across all of our systems in easy-to-digest modules, with some "for fun" modules thrown in for good measure (ex: bus schedules, new music releases). Such an interface has endless possibilities, so our Hack Day focus was to make a proof-of-concept to convey the usefulness of such a tool to the whole team. "The idea is not to replace any existing system, but to draw attention to all activity across all systems in one central location for the Plank team."

Team Happy Face

Team Crazy Eyes

With so much information in the media around the tuition hike, our team wanted to showcase the key points and themes that are currently being discussed in Quebec. We wanted to find a way to communicate these topics at a quick glance and with a bold, eye-catching interface. The day proved to be a good lesson in evaluating time-restrictions, scaling down content for design and web, and working as a team in a research- and content-driven project.

Team Big Mouth

Team Big Mouth

With turntable.fm now limited to US IP holders, we began the process of building a small-scale local version so that we could share in a Plank-curated streaming station. We set up a user login system and used Uploadify to manage audio uploads and an HTML5 interface in the hopes of elaborating on the features. While much of our time was spent figuring out uploads and queuing, we discussed how we would like it to work given more time. It was a great exercise in UI/UX planning as much as in working with open source technology.

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