Category: Sygnol

Sygnol Branding: Draft #2

The music in this video is from Rain Dance, the opening track of Herbie Hancock’s Sextant, released by Columbia in 1973. I’m hoping to brand Sygnol (AimsPoll’s API provider) with music from the whole album, using snips for lead ins, interludes, promos, and tone. YouTube already permits me to mix and replay this music. But…

Champions of Democracy at Fairvote

nevermind the images

Fairvote, a leading proponent of ranked choice voting, has been running a series of events to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It all culminates in the Champions of Democracy Awards Reception, in New York on Monday night. I think it’s appropriate to send congratulations to Krist Novoselic, who’s been serving as Fairvote’s Chair for nearly a…

First Draft of Sygnol Top-Level Namespace

Sygnol top-level candidates.

  Here’s another illustration of the listicle sorting app I’m putting together. For now, I’m still making images by hand. But I’m also moving ahead on building tools for automated assembly. This 4×4 grid is a draft for the top level of the Sygnol namespace, presented in alphabetical order.  When the system goes live, you’d be…

Pairwise Pain vs. Ranked-Choice Relief


Here’s a handy formula that expresses a key virtue of ranked-choice interfaces over head-to-head pairwise evaluations… N(N-1)/2. Head-to-head interfaces are typical of “Whose hotter?” sites such as The point is to simplify the task of evaluating a long list of options. Users view a randomly selected pair of images from a large set, and…

Rank Them All

Note from April 8, 2015. I spent several days with SurveyMonkey before discovering and falling in awe wwih SurveyGizmo. Unfortunately, Gizmo doesn’t have Monekey’s very nice question element styling feature, which I was using to put candidate pictures in the sortable list object. But so many other features are so good, the scales tip heavily.…

More Twitter Traction Metrics

During the process of collecting Twitter metrics on the candidates, I started adding in comparisons of several voter-oriented online groups. It’s intriguing to see which folks put a lot of effort into tweeting, despite having relatively small numbers of followers. That’s why the traction metric is useful. Going for volume without enough traction risks wheel spinning.