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A Beautiful Mess

April 9, 2012 - Blag, Infographic

I stumbled upon this neat little app that tracks your mouse movements, resulting in some cool abstract artwork. I love personal analytics, and while IOGraph seems a bit limited on variables, it’s a great addition to my other data trackers.

Currently, IOGraph tracks mouse movements as lines and pauses as circles. The longer the pause, the bigger the circle. While pause tracking is cool, it seems like an arbitrary variable compared to tracking something more concrete, such as mouse clicks, or the duration of a button press. I hope they implement more trackers in the next iteration.

Here’s my two monitor composite for 10 hours worth of activity:

I picked a good day to track: my activities involved some drawing work, browsing, a lot of document processing, and some gaming. The jog at the bottom delineates my two monitors.

Some interesting features: the concentric paths on my main monitor (left) are the result of FPS gaming. I don’t know the how the algorithm tracks this, but it might have something to do with the aim cursor being centered on the screen. My secondary (right) monitor is just a buzz of activity. The way I work involves having all my navigation done on my secondary monitor = more movement.

I would have traditionally expected more activity going diagonally toward the top corners for menus and window resizing/exit buttons. But I have subdivided my screen to fit windows automatically, so only the menu navigation toward the top left seems kind of prominent.

As much as I love clean illustrations, I just can’t get enough of this beautiful mess.

 
  • Amrah

    This. Is cool. Like the “ooooooooh that’s really cool!” kinda cool

    • http://www.shah3d.com Dehahs

      Thanks Amrah! :)

  • Amrah

    This. Is cool. Like the “ooooooooh that’s really cool!” kinda cool

    • http://www.shah3d.com Dehahs

      Thanks Amrah! :)

  • http://www.passforsure.me/ Pass For Sure

    Great!

  • http://www.passforsure.me/ Pass For Sure

    Great!

  • Amenaskhan

    Oh my Goodness, it is truly a beautiful mess. 

  • Amenaskhan

    Oh my Goodness, it is truly a beautiful mess.