Explore the Future of the Web

Our Data and Our Behavior

Chris Risdon

Design to support behavior change is getting increased exposure as technology has allowed products and services to have a more pervasive role in people's lives. What's caused the tipping point for the growth of this new wave of services? The primary characteristic of our new, connected world is the increasing ubiquity of sensors providing the ability to collect data passively and present it back—via feedback loops and visualizations—in a meaningful way to the user.

We are interacting with the data of our everyday lives in new ways. Smart products with personalized intelligence about our behavior help us track how many times we brush our teeth or walk the dog, with the hope we'll be better at maintaining these habits.

Where do these new offerings map on our landscape of products and services? What impact does our data have on our behavior? How does data feedback amplify persuasion? And what are the visual and interaction design considerations when designing for every day data feedback?