Chatterprint is a concept for a sharable visualization that describes the history of a single person’s online life through a variety of media including like instant messaging, online forums and social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. By combining a range of different sources, I hope to capture the rhythms and patterns of online life in a way that people feel creates a meaningful self-portrait that they would want to share with others.

If the visualization design is successful, I will build a tool that will allow people to create and share their own Chatterprints. Such a tool would let me explore a variety of research questions about the nature and design of sharable visualizations.

This is a work in progress and this page contains a variety of thoughts, sketches, and links to related project resources.

History / Design

December 2, 2006Similar Work "In the Wild"
October 17, 2006Sponsor Week Demo Images
October 11, 2006First Spiral Concept Sketches
October 6, 2006Initial Brainstorming


In putting together this project, I've been inspired by a variety of other work in this area. In no particular order:

Future Work

To really take advantage of the spiral form, I need to explore more interesting permutations than just changing line width. I also need to do a proof of concept investigation of methods of determining similarity between bodies of text. The most recent design is pretty monochromatic - future designs should make more effective use of color.


If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/critiques, please feel free to get in touch. I can be reached at dharry at media . mit . edu.