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  • Long Live Charles.

    …a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms for into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

    Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1859)

    The Wilson Project/Delta Version (8/2013 – ), “Charles” after Charles Darwin

  • The Regent Is Dead.

    It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse;…

    Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1859)

    Goodbye, Regent (The Wilson Project, 1/2010 – 8/2013)

  • Post Ottawa

    Three months between posts. Sorry for the long delay. Been rebuilding…

    Conferences

    Conferences in late 2013

    Earlier in the year, I went to the IxDA Interaction 13 conference in Toronto, Canada. I have two more conferences for this year.

    Next week, An Event Apart DC in Alexandria, VA (another serving…).

    Then, in late October, CSS Dev Conference near Denver, Colorado.

    Charles

    View of Charles

    As of this entry, finishing contruction/testing of the WordPress theme. Will be writing blog entries related to the whole history/process of Project Charles. Debuting on Monday, August 5.

    August is going to be a busy month…

  • The End of Project Ottawa

    Almost three months ago, prior to me attending the IxDA Interaction 13 conference, I decided to put the project on hiatus for two months.

    Well, that time has passed and I have come to the decision that this hiatus will be indefinite.

    At this point, I am leaving this somewhat open ended because I do not know when I will come back to this, if at all. Some of the ideas here will return in different situations down the road. But as of now, no further work will be done and there will be no third draft. The previous version will still be online (see Second Draft) but no further revisions will be made in the near future.

    I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way, especially during the craziness of last year. Most important, I want to thank all those who let me bend their ears [constantly] about my ideas and gave me some much needed advice. Right now, Ottawa is at a state where I cannot devote any more time and there are other projects that need my attention. In some respects, Ottawa may have been a solution in need of a problem and I suspect it may be a couple of years before it is fully understood.

    Thank you all,
    Ivan Wilson

  • Happy Anniversary, Project Ottawa

    Last year, prior to going to Jonathan Snook ‘s inaugural SMACSS workshop in Ottawa, Canada, I was thinking. There was something that I was on my mind for the past year. Then, [place lightning description here], I got inspiration from looking at some of my old linear algebra books from college.

    What did I do next? I announced it on Twitter:

    I spent whatever free time, post-workshop, working on this in my [first] Moleskine notebook. The early sketches look more like algebra proofs that the visual model that exists today.

    IMAG0433

    However, these sketches and some rules that I wrote down became the basis of the project’s First Draft.

    Preview - New Project

    And as they say the rest is history.

    Though currently on hiatus, I am planning a few more sketches and notes in the current year.

    Hopefully, this project will still be around for year two.

    Happy Anniversary, Project Ottawa!

  • Building the Future, Day 1 – The Beginning

    Like all things, every story has a beginning. In this case, [Project] Ottawa started with the concept The Information Layer (2009). But what came before this?

    Well, it all started in Vancouver, Canada (February 2009) where I saw this film, in a lecture by BERG designer Timo Arnall:

    Wireless in the World 2 – http://vimeo.com/12187317

    In Wireless in the World, they were imagining wireless networks available in the surrounding environment. Now, this looks like an interesting film. But to me, it was a pretty eye-opening experience. You see, up until this time, I only viewed the Web as being static. That is, something that was only accessible from the comfort of a chair and a desktop computer.

    Step back for a moment. Now imagine all those dotted circles representing access points just like one of those desktop computers w/chairs. It would look funny at first but the main point is that each one of those access points is accessing data. They are accessing the same content I am through my desktop computer. If your concept of content is something that is seen through a desktop monitor, what does this do? The concept of having the same content available across all sorts of devices, being available at will – without the constraint of the standard web page format. Even without the author controlling how the information was displayed. The user now has the power not only to access the information but to display it in any fashion he/she wanted.

    That idea of information being free, not in the political sense but in accessibility, really changed how I worked. After that film and the lecture, I decided that my job as a front-end developer was not of creating layouts. My job became a person who tried to build products that allowed for easy access to information. Building the layout with excellent code was simply a means to an end. Improving upon the work simple meant improved access to information. Information, in my terms of my work, is equivalent to content.

    At this point, I was trying to find a way to explaining this way of thinking. It was only a few months later that I was looking at XSLT or XML transforms. Basically, it is a method of taking data in the form of a XML format and transforming into a format resembling a HTML web page. Well, XML is an open format, anyone can use it at will and modify the information to display it in any form they want. We have RSS feeds – XML format data streams that user can collect data and use. This is where all the dots began to connect. You see, XML or JSON, can carry content/information anywhere with the user applying the formatting.

    Going back to this point, I wrote some ideas and sketches which later became The Information Layer. What I realized was that the current UI model was not sufficient – it was simple not granular enough to fully describe what was happening at the time. One of the novel things I did was creating a separation of the Semantic (HTML) Layer from the Information (content) Layer. How important was this? It was very important because it depicted the free flow of information /content. It also displayed the fact that HTML has its own sense of meaning, which was further expanded with HTML5 semantic tags a few years later. This was not a new concept but was not fully realized until now.

    And so, that was the beginning. From here, I used this model for building my work.

    As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, Project Ottawa is simply the first practical application of the model. This was revised recently to deal with the concept of content, which will be the main focus point of Project Ottawa/Third Draft.