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Wealth Insight

I’m excited to share that the Wealth Insight project I worked on with PNC has launched. As the blurb on the IDEO website says, it helps to provide “greater transparency for investors in their dealings with financial institutions, a desire that increased during the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession.”

One of the interesting parts of the process was the high-fidelity web-based prototype we made to iterate and evaluate the design. It had information visualizations driven by real data, which helped us test our assumptions and refine the details during our feedback sessions with investors. It was the first time I used Protovis instead of Flash for dynamic graphics, which had a bit of a learning curve but worked out well.

You can learn more about the project on the IDEO website or the PNC Wealth Insight microsite. I’m particularly happy to see that PNC has also created some “making of” videos, which talk about the human-centered design process. They even include a cameo by Hal Monson, the IDEO project lead. The videos won’t let me embed them here, so check out the links below.

Fall in Mumbai

Today I got a package from my Mom, sent half a month ago, with a bunch of leaves from the very colorful Fall in Michigan. I know that many of the trees are nearly bare back home at this point, but I was super happy to see these.

Now I just need to figure out a way to get a proper Thanksgiving dinner in India. Still working on that one.

Farther Away

Chances are, I just got a bit farther away from you without moving anywhere. Most of you are changing your clocks back one hour today, but India doesn’t observe daylight savings time. Check the chart below to see how far apart we are now.

In other news, my trip to Rajasthan went really well and I visited the Taj Mahal on a quick trip to Agra yesterday. I wish I had time to write about any of it or even post photos, but it’s a busy time at work right now.

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