Quick description:

Geode is a desktop application (Mac-only for now) that exposes the hidden beauty of a user's files (by tracking their usage over time) and lets them visually and graphically explore how they use them. This is the accumulation of research, testing, and prototyping, I am continuing to develop the application so hopefully it will be ready for public use soon.

I was inspired by the geological geode (pictured right)...
a geological rock-formation consisting of a crystal-filled cavity formed over millions of years.

The idea was to crack open the hard drive to be able to see all the information that has been accumulating there over time.


 
Abstract:

Accessing and organizing information efficiently and easily is more important than ever as quantities of digital documents are reaching astronomical proportions. File browsers (i.e., Windows Explorer, Macintosh Finder) and search utilities give users tools to organize and retrieve files via text-heavy interfaces. However, with so many files, users still frequently lose track of their documents.

Geode is an experiment in combining file usage tracking and visualization techniques to allow users to explore visually how they are using their documents over time. Geode provides a quick overview of activity and a detailed historical perspective to provide a novel lens on the ever deepening abyss of our hard drives.

The latest iteration of Geode was made to prove the power of this new finding method; as such it was more important to build on a platform (Flash and Python) faster for prototyping than one that is robust and flexible (e.g. C++). Future directions for this concept will explore more customized solutions (Cocoa).