Creative Leadership

Assignment 6.2a

This week in Creative Leadership, we start exploring the many ways indicators let us know how well we are doing on our way to the end result. The following is an exploration on the merits of these found-metrics, and the best practices to include them in our search for creative leadership potential. 

 

Wifi Icon 

What is being measured?

In the standard Wifi icon, your internet connectivity is the thing being measured, or in other words, how connected you are to the larger world wide web.  

Unit of measurement?

Internet speed is measured in bits per second. 1 Kbps (kilobits per second) = 1,000 bits per second. 1 Mbps (megabits per second) = 1 million bits per second.

Scale that is being used?

Bars in the icon indicate how much connectivity you are able to achieve. 

Why is this appropriate?

The standard wifi icon does not get as granular as this to measure wifi connectivity, and really, it would get too overwhelming for the standard user to get into the guts of the machine and understand why they can't get on Facebook. The indicator light, therefore, is to break down what kind of connectivity you are wont to achieve - the outermost ring being the most reliable internet connection, down to spotty-at-best. 


Standard Clock

What is being measured?

The time - namely what hour and what minute and what second of the day you are currently at. It tells you the present moment, and allows you to task manage and budget time. 

Unit of measurement?

Hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds. 

Scale that is being used?

24 hours per day, 60 minutes per hour, 60 seconds per minute. 

Why is this appropriate?

It is said that global world travel would not be possible without the standardization of global time zones and an agreed upon arrangement of hours per day. It is the lynchpin on which the world is run, goods are processed, collaborations are started ended and run. It is the simplest, most universal way to get on the same page, globally. 


Battery Indicator on a Laptop

What is being measured?

Percentage of power left in a given machine, in this case a laptop, to operate before the machine automatically shuts off. 

Unit of measurement?

Electricity used. 

Scale that is being used?

Power usage is broken down in two ways - percentage of power left and estimated hours left.  

Why is this appropriate?

I suppose knowing when my computer will die will influence how many times I save a document, or at what time I need to start looking for a charger. Battery power also indicates the amount of resources left to a device before the intended goal becomes beyond my reach. So really its an indicator that helps me know if I can get to a certain destination given the amount of stored resources at my disposal at this moment of time. 


Volume Indicator

What is being measured?

The amount of auditory decipherability the media content on my laptop or phone has. Really, in less snotty terms, volume of sound.  

Unit of measurement?

Decibles. 

Scale that is being used?

Like the wifi signal, the volume is measured according to bars. The higher the bar, the louder the music/media.

Why is this appropriate?

The icon is an easier, simpler way to tell the user that their media is at a certain decibel level, and can potentially be perceived by you. It also allows the user to trouble shoot - if this particular control, the override control for the whole computer, is turned up all the way, but nothing is being broad cast, you know to look deeper into the controls to see what is inhibiting the amplification of sound. For example, the Youtube volume might be off, or the computer might be Simulcasting to a device with its sound down. Either way, this is a universal indicator across all audio equipment to let the user know what level of sound is being emitted at a given moment.