I’ve been investigating how to make buttons that will give me a different kind of interactivity. Kenji’s shown me a few things. I’m undecided about the idea though. The whole point of the questionnaire (to my mind) has always been that in filling it out people will have a chance to think about the questions. That won’t happen if it’s just a case of hitting buttons. The process of thinking through an answer and typing it out is integral to the project.
I do have a plan, though, as I want to test it out. I’ve done a basic questionnaire of closed questions that can be found at humjam.com/question1.php. I’ll find a way of reducing that a little more so it can be filled in using only the tab and enter keys on my keyboard. I’ll then see how people get on with that. I think I’ll cover the other keys on the keyboard to simplify it all. The other test is to get people using my trackball mouse and see whether that changes the interaction. Most people are quite unused to trackball mouses. it might just liven it up slightly, which might be exactly the amount of difference needed. Otherwise I’ll just use mouse and keyboard.
For me, the project is essentially an online one anyway. Its home is on humjam. No two ways about it. I’m concerned with the final show and how it’ll look. I’m just more excited by the idea of showing my work online. I think it’s a wonderful avenue to explore.