Monday, June 27, 2011

I May Live to Regret This: New Virtual Identity Project Launched

Identity Universe

Saturday's Meet The Artist session helped me realize that it's time to roll up my virtual sleeves and figure out how to weave my work on virtual identity into a cohesive framework. My plan is to integrate the disparate threads through the narrative approach I've been taking in comics like Social Networking and Identity. I may live to regret this. It's a big freaking project:

  • My first step will be to comb through the 700+ past posts here, gather sections that still ring true and do an initial cut-and-paste organization. 
  • Next, I'll translate key concepts into a series of infographics using what I suspect will be a diverse range of metaphors and visualization approaches. 
  • Finally I'll tie everything together through a (hopefully) entertaining story that brings the infographics to life through a long form comic.

I'll post drafts of graphics along the way, ranging from brainstorming sketches to more fully realized versions. (The image above is what I came up with during a short VizThink session on Sunday.)

That's my plan. Wish me luck. Stay tuned.


Miso Susanowa said...

good luck! *from someone who also wrestles with huge, octopus-like projects* If anyone can do it, it's you!

sororNishi said...

agrees with're the girl to do need your superbotgirl costume on to manage it tho.

Joey1058 said...

Hey, go with the flow. Call it "identity cloud".

Botgirl Questi said...

Miso: Thanks! The main challenge will be keeping momentum going with only a handfull of hours a week to devote to it.

Soror: Ha. I think I could use a whole set of archetypal figures for this one.

Joey: Identity cloud is a good metaphor. My plan is to present a number of metaphors along the way.

Sean Kleefeld said...

Count me in as a guaranteed reader!

Chrome said...

Great idea, Bot. Given your groundbreaking efforts thus far, I'd say you've got an epic saga on your hands. Can't wait to read it.

Rowan Derryth said...

Um, did I create a virtual monster?! Seriously, this is AWESOME. I can't wait to see how this unfolds!