— Forest and the Trees

Archive
Speaking

Had a great time presenting at Boston Flex User Group last night.

Presentation deck

Sample DVS (printing)

Code for dealing w/ resizing, scrolling, and tracking which part of the swf is visible to the user. I will post a better stand alone example soon (really, well, hopefully)

Read More

I’m speaking at Boston Flex User Group on Tuesday September 13 at 7pm at Adobe in Waltham. It’ll basically be the same talk I gave at Harvard. But, probably a bit more technical and I’ll add some mobile stuff (HTML5). You should come! It’ll be fun!

Flex Group Announcement

EventBrite link

Description below…

Doug Marttila, Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe will talk about the importance of patient reported data in healthcare; the user experience and architectural challenges that PLM faced in creating a platform for all diseases; and the design and code used in creating the patient charts.

For more details go to patientslikeme.com, search for patients with specific conditions, or, click below to see two examples of public patient charts:

http://www.patientslikeme.com/patients/view/96179

http://www.patientslikeme.com/patients/view/faeroe347

PatientsLikeMe is the leading user-reported medical site in the world. With over 110,000 members, they have enormous amounts of patient reported data. In April of 2011, they released an updated version of their site which can support all of the approximately 3,500 diseases in the world.

Doug Marttila is Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe where he makes many of the user facing charts. He’s been building charts for the web (mostly in Flash) for the past 12 years. His rarely updated blog is forestandthetrees.com.
Please join us after 6:30pm for discussion and refreshments. Talk begins promptly at 7pm.

To get future event announcements, sign up at http://groups.google.com/group/bostonfug
Please RSVP at http://bfug20110913.eventbrite.com.

Read More

This is timely. I spoke at the Harvard Interaction Group last week and I forgot to post. The talk went well.

Anyway, for posterity…

Data Visualization for Healthcare
Doug Marttila, Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe ( PatientsLikeMe.com ) will talk about the importance of patient reported data in healthcare; the user experience and architectural challenges he faced at PLM in creating a platform for all diseases; and the design and code used in creating the patient charts.
For more details please check out patientslikeme.com, search for patients with specific conditions, or, click below to see two examples of public patient charts:
http://www.patientslikeme.com/patients/view/96179
http://www.patientslikeme.com/patients/view/faeroe347

PatientsLikeMe is the leading user-reported medical site in the world. With nearly 100,000 members, they have enormous amounts of patient reported data. On April 11, 2011, they released an updated version of their site which can support all of the approximately 3,500 diseases in the world.

Doug Marttila is Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe where he makes many of the user facing charts. He’s been building charts for the web (mostly in Flash) for the past 12 years. His rarely updated blog is forestandthetrees.com.

When:
Thursday, April 21st, 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
Lamont Forum Room, Lamont Library (wheelchair accessible)
The Lamont Library requires a Harvard ID; visitors will need to pre-register (contact desenne@fas.harvard.edu or nicholas_lamphere@harvard.edu).

We hope to see you there!

Phil Desenne and Nick Lamphere

ABCD Interactive Design and Development User Group

http://flash.abcd.harvard.edu

http://twitter.com/HarvardInteract

Read More

I’ll be giving a talk on Flex Charting next week at NEIA. Please attend.

Here’s the description…

Intro to Flex Charting

Flex Charting is a pain in the ass to use. It’s very easy to create a simple chart but gets more and more difficult the more you want to customize. During this talk, we will start with a simple chart and add more and more features and functionality. By the end you should have a basic understanding of the Flex charting classes. Time permitting, we will discuss some other Flex data visualization libraries and some tips and tricks for making complex charts. Our sample data set will be Michael Jackson’s Number 1 hits, so if nothing else, you will learn something about the King of Pop.

Wednesday, October 28
7:15 – 9:00
Room 1001-1002 on Center Campus The New England Institute of Art 10 Brookline Place West Brookline, MA 02445 Brookline Village Stop on the MBTA D Greenline

Read More

Michelle over at New England Institute of Art asked me to be part of a class that was covering freelancing. So, Dale Cruse and I talked for a while about our experience. Here’s the presentation which served as talking points for me and Dale.

Read More

Amazingly, made it through ten patterns in an hour – even w/ my long winded intro.

Presentation here: keynote, pdf, ppt.

Code is here. Right-click, view source. There is a different application file for each of the patterns. So, only the first example (the non-patterns example) is viewable on-line.

Thanks to everyone who attended the talk. It was a great turnout and I had a blast.

Kudos to Chris and Rebecca for putting on such a great conference. Flash on Tap definitely rocked. Can’t wait for next year.

Read More

No, not the tour to support Smell the Glove. But, Flash on Tap! Which takes a sophisticated view of sex and puts in on a farm. Excuse me, I mean, takes a sophisticated view of Flash puts it on a beer festival.

Beer! Flash! Talking! Beer (including Haverill, Lagunitas, Smuttynose, and Stone – some of my favorites)! May 28 – 30th at the castle in Boston. It will be fun. You should go.

Read More

This just came up. I’ll be giving my mashup talk again (twice in one week – really getting some good value), this time to BFPUG.

Info here…

Wednesday, March 25
7:15PM
The New England Institute of Art
Center Campus (Brookline Village) http://www.artinstitutes.edu/boston/AboutUs/MapsDirections.aspx
Room 1001-1002

Read More

Here’s a link to a pdf of the mashup talk I just gave to the Harvard Flash User Group.

A special thank you to Oscar Cortes. I shamelessly stole content from the mashup talk he gave to both the Design Patterns group and the excellent Flex Camp Boston.

Read More

I’ll be speaking at the Harvard Flash Group this Thursday. It’s open to the public (kind of), you need to be let in by Nick. So, if you have any interest in going, send me an email. You’d just have to meet at Lamont Library before the talk. I’ll talk about using Flex for creating mashups and the wonder that is Web 2.0. I’ll also walk through some code I will have written by the time of the talk.Harvard University Flash User Group March 19, 2009, 12:15 – 1:45 Lamont Library
Web 2.0 and Mashups w/ Flex

Read More