About Cone Trees
Cone Trees is a website about user experience with a focus on usability engineering and human centered design. You should hopefully find it useful if you are a usability engineer, user researcher, interaction designer or an information architect.
Cone Trees is featured at the AllTop User Interface section, along with other authoritative resources on interaction design. Cone Trees has also been featured and recognized at these places for its content and visual design.
Cone Trees is designed and maintained by me, Abhay Rautela. I work as a Usability analyst at the Singapore office of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
I worked as the UX lead at Possible for the Standard Chartered banking website global revamp. The bank won Best Consumer Internet Bank (global) award besides Best Consumer Internet Bank (regional) award for Middle East/Africa, among many other awards, all in the year 2013.
I also worked as the UX lead at PebbleRoad for the IE Singapore social intranet. The intranet won first place at the Digital Workplace Group’s (DWG) “My Beautiful Intranet (Goes Social)” competition.
My websites (Cone Trees and The UX Bookmark) have been featured in the popular web design books- “The Designer’s Web Handbook: What You Need to Know to Create for the Web” and “The Web Designer’s Idea Book, Volume 2: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design“.
I am a member of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA), Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), Ergonomics Society of Singapore (ERGOSS), and was a student member of the Usability Professionals Association (UPA). I was also a member of the executive of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Special Interest Group (SIG) 13.1 on Interaction Design & International Development (IDID).
In the current and past, I have worked across the UX process conducting, planning and leading user research, information architecture, interaction design, usability evaluations and web accessibility for clients such as VISA, Singtel, Guinness, DHL, Harvard and Western Union, to name a few.
You can get in touch with me at hello at conetrees dot com or simply use the contact form.
What else am I behind?
I am the creator and lead coordinator of the New Delhi UX Book Club. If you’re a User Experience practitioner in and around New Delhi, consider joining it.
I used to run the SlideShare Web Accessibility group.
In the past I was also the manager for Flash Move, Singapore, that’s the worlds oldest Flash Special User Group (FSUG).
Here are a few projects of mine you should check out:
- UX Quotes– a collection of useful quotes on user experience- you’ll find quotes on creativity, simplicity, typography, design, user research, interaction design, usability, the list goes on
- The UX Bookmark– an AllTop User Interface featured website (like Cone Trees), a resource for those working in User Experience, especially in usability engineering, interaction design and information architecture
- And if appreciating art and design is your thing, head over to Nice Maal
What’s under the hood?
The visual design is clean and elegant. It makes effective use of whitespace in order to let the reader focus on content, at the same time it offers itself as an aesthetically pleasing interface that works quietly and effectively in the background.
I’ve seen this somewhere
Cone Trees is featured at the AllTop User Interface section alongside other fantastic blogs on user experience.
This website has been featured at We Love WP, CSS Container, CMS ShowCase , CSS Snap, CSS Star, CSS Design Yorkshire and CSS Design, RGB Garden, Web Upvan, CSS Blaze, QNT, One CSS, CSS Season,
Design Snack, Konigi, Graphic Orgasm Ultimate Webportal, CSS Bag, Best CSS Designs, Ajax Finder and Siiimple.
If you’ve seen Cone Trees featured anywhere else, I’d appreciate you letting me know about it through the contact form.
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Feedback is always appreciated. If you have any feedback regarding the website for me, please use the contact form.
Why the name Cone Trees?
I am often asked this question and here is the answer. I think Cone Trees would be a great way to depict relative strengths of relationships between items in place of dendrograms during card sorting data analysis. Besides I like the name.
What are Cone Trees? They are a form of information visualization suitable for hierarchical information structures. You could call it a three dimensional representation of a tree map. If you draw a tree, and form a cone making the parent node its vertex and the child nodes the base on the cone, you get a cone tree. Cone Trees were invented by George Robertson, Jock Mackinlay and Stuart Card at PARC.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the present or past companies I have worked with.