As part of the Town’s continuing effort to improve transparency, Arlington is announcing the launch of Arlington Visual Budget (AVB). AVB is a new online tool intended to provide the public with a visual representation of the Town’s financial history and outlook, as well as illustrate key trends. AVB allows users to dive into the budget like never before using graphics to more easily understand how tax dollars are spent.

“Increasing transparency and accessibility to financial information has long been a goal for the Town,” said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. “We hope this new feature will encourage users to learn more about Town finances and be more engaged in the annual budget discourse.”

Last year the Town conducted a public survey on how it communicates financial information. Residents overwhelmingly desired more concise, online information. In response, the Town and members of the Finance Committee worked with Involution Studios of Arlington, MA to conceptualize a web application that creates an easier way to communicate complex municipal financial information. Involution donated all development services of this project to the Town, the first known municipal budget visual representation of its kind.

Arlington Visual Budget

AVB allows users to dive into the budget like never before using graphics to more easily understand how tax dollars are spent.

“We were intrigued by the challenge of this project and, being from Arlington, very excited to work with the Town,” said Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin, who is also personally a long-time Arlington resident. “We’re pleased with the results so far and look forward to how residents use the feature.”

AVB not only gives residents a fresh way to consider Arlington’s budget, but it provides definitions and explanations for some of the more complex municipal budgetary concepts such as “Override Stabilization Fund” and “MWRA Debt Shift.” Arlington Visual Budget will continue to develop over time and the Town welcomes feedback from users. To view the AVB and provide feedback please visit and for more Town financial information visit

Design Exchange Boston

Design Exchange Boston
October 10, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tavern Road
343 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

Join Involution Studios' user interface design Eric Benoit to learn simple but effective tips for taking your designs into production-grade software. The engineering process will be the most critical part of your designs, and saying “They didn’t build it the way I designed it” should no longer be an excuse. By collaborating during the engineering phase you’ll realize and execute fantastic design by experiencing your designs, overcoming the gotchas, and hearing real-world feedback to hone the best possible experience.

General Assembly

Software Interface Design: Process and Principles
October 7, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

General Assembly Boston
101 Main Street, 14th floor
Cambridge , MA 02142

Join Involution Studios' user interface designer / engineer, Reshma Mehta as she covers the process of designing complex software systems, using real world projects as case studies.

Starting with research and discovery to product blueprinting, the process turns non-linear as we enter the interface design phase that entails building mental models, sketching and creating pixel perfect mock-ups. Throughout, designs are continuously validated through rapid prototyping, feedback and progressive learning.

The class will cover:
• Concept and techniques for principal steps in the design process
• Importance of research and discovery – building context and understanding scenarios
• What it takes to get to a production worthy design
• Principles of good software interface design

This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the software design process but may be of particular interest to:
• Product Managers
• Software Engineers or Software Developers
• Junior User Interface and User Experience Designers
• Product Leads (Owners) at startups or mid-sized companies

Health Datapalooza

Health Datapalooza Conference
June 3-4, 2013
OMNI Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Health Datapalooza IV, the annual conference and competition that highlights the most innovative uses of health data by companies and government entities, will feature hGraph, designed and developed by Involution. hGraph is an open source health metrics visualization with the potential to significantly improve patient care.

hGraph qualified for the National Health Datapalooza by placing second in the New England Health Datapalooza held last fall. All Datapalooza entries used federal government data and were judged on creativity, innovation, originality, patient empowerment, engagement, usefulness to the public, and scalability.

As the transformation from paper to electronic records takes place, hGraph provides an open source software visualization tool to health care providers and patients that enables decision-grade analysis. Like most information heavy fields, healthcare is fraught with the problems caused by too much data, with no easy way to sort it all. People need to be able to actively use and benefit from the healthcare data collected about them, while avoiding information overload. In order to gain insight into the complex, multi-dimensional data sets that represent health metrics, healthcare data requires visual representations that are engaging, optimized for use by both the health care provider and the patient, and support high-level pattern recognition and analysis as well as the ability to see deeper details.

Boston UXPA

UXPA Boston Conference
May 29, 2013
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Boston, MA

Involution Studios is sponsoring the twelfth annual UXPA Boston Conference.

This year’s conference, focused on Usability and User Experience, will include four simultaneous tracks, giving attendees a choice of 32 presentations. More than 500 attendees will learn about best practices for user-centered product development, usability research, and real-world case studies about Web sites, mobile devices, software, healthcare solutions, globalization, and more.

Involution's hGraph, an open source health metrics visualization, was recently featured in Wired Magazine online, highlighted in the article, “How Restyling the Mundane Medical Record Could Improve Health Care.” The Wired spot discusses hGraph’s strong social component: By tracking the data for entire families hGraph illustrates how some conditions, like obesity and heart disease, can be affected by collective health choices.

Health IT Buzz, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services innovation blog, also mentioned hGraph as a notable entry to the Patient Health Record Graphic Design Contest, where it inspired the judges and challenged the status quo. The article notes that Involution designers “weren’t afraid to think outside the box.” A simple-to-use tool like hGraph has the potential to improve patient care, prevent medication errors, and supply clear health metrics. By making health records usable and interactive, this software can empower doctors, caregivers, and patients to make better health decisions and save lives.

In addition to these accolades, hGraph was recently selected for the National Patient Record Redesign Showcase by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as being a 2012 MITX Interactive Awards Finalist.


Involution client uTest has launched Applause, an analytics tool that offers clear, explicit data about what users truly feel about mobile apps. Applause enables app-owners to see how each version of their app measures up and the ability to compare their app to those of their competitors. Applause features sleek multi-version app graphs and a revolutionary rating scheme, with user interface design and development by Involution.


Each Applause score is compiled from a number of attributes, such as accessibility, pricing and security.

Applause crawls reviews from the Apple App Store and Google Play, and provides each app with a 0-100 Applause Score. Applause grades each app across ten different attributes (such as accessibility, pricing and
usability) and deeper still on the signals that explain each attribute score. This provides developers with performance ratings that go far beyond the traditional star rating system, which are often biased toward five-star and one-star reviews. But what makes Applause so exciting is its cross-comparison graphing capability.


Applause breaks down consumer comments by attributes, showcasing the analytical depth of each review.

"The goal was to create compelling data visualizations to analyze an app's performance,” says Reshma Mehta, interface designer at Involution. “The signal distribution charts across star ratings provide greater insight into an app's rating — a feature unique to Applause's rating service." These graphs show developers their app performance in direct contrast to top-performers in that category. The Involution-designed mapping feature allows users at-a-glance market feedback over time and attributes. Applause delivers where most can’t, with multi-layered performance ratings accessible through one simple graphic.


The mapping functionality compares multiple apps over time and versions.

The explicit, deep data analytics are a significant differentiator compared to other app analytic services. Applause crawls more than 55 million app reviews across 1.1 million iOS and Android apps. It serves as a vital tool for developers looking to get the most out of their app’s next version. Applause is now being offered free of charge at


January 27-31, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Canada

Interaction13, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) will feature three speakers from Involution Studios: (above from left to right) Juhan Sonin, Erik Dahl, and Scott Sullivan.

Building Emotional IQ with Laban Movement Analysis
Director of Design Strategy, Erik Dahl and UX Designer Scott Sullivan will be conducting a process workshop on "Building Emotional IQ with Laban Movement Analysis". Designing for emotions has gained popularity recently, and we have many tools to identify and define the desired end-states and emotions of the users of our products, services and systems. However, there is still a gap between being able to identify desired emotions and constructing the appropriate mechanisms to elicit these emotions. Just as a beginning artist learning how to draw a face, draws the concept of eyes, ears, and noses and not actually what they see in front of them, we believe that many designers learning how to design for emotion are constructing solutions based on the concepts of emotions and not “seeing” the emotion with an artist’s eye.

This workshop is a beginner’s course in unlearning our conceptual constructs of emotion and experiencing emotional states in their raw physical form. It’s a highly experiential exploration of physical movement within a structured framework based on Laban Movement Analysis to illuminate the connections between physicality and emotion. By better understanding the raw materiality of emotion, we can craft better emotional interactions. Throughout the Laban exercises, we will discuss how what they are experiencing translates to UI design decisions and to tactical aspects of designing for emotion. In addition, we’ll cover the parallel processes of design and the development of the frameworks in a design process. The goal of this workshop is to expose students to an emotional framework through hands on activities. Students will uplevel their emotional IQ and will tackle their next design project from a different perspective.

Hacking Health: Design for and Understanding My Health
Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin will speak on the topic of "Hacking Health: Design for and Understanding My Health". Mobile computing technologies promise to revolutionize the relationship that people have with their health. Immediate access to, sharing of, and aggregation and analysis of data will put the power of our well being quite literally in the palm of our hand. However, we face the same risks that have plagued personal computing: technology has moved more quickly than people’s ability to design successfully for it, threatening to produce a generation of apps that are ineffectual and actually slow adoption of mobile health platforms.

In Hacking Health, design provocateur Juhan Sonin will fire up the audience’s brain cells and sense of humor, illustrating failed methods, clarifying best practices, and showing in one application after another how you too can design exceptional mobile health experiences. When confronted with a shockingly high number during a routine cholesterol check at work, Sonin realized that he knew nothing about his own health metrics. The experience led him to develop a service called HealthCard and hGraph to address the questions, “How do I become an informed and empowered patient?” and “How do I [as a patient, nurse, doctor, or proxy] make quicker, more accurate decisions?” This presentation traces the evolution of the author's health design experience covering open source solutions to interoperability and policy to the design of health stations and corporate clinic experiences.

Interaction13 will be held January 27-31, 2013 in Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Interaction13 is the 6th IxDA conference and marks the 10 year anniversary of the group.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), challenged designers across the United States to re-imagine the presentation of the medical record in order to create a better patient experience. The objective of the Health Design Challenge was to create a usable, beautiful medical record enabling patients to more easily manage their health, and health professionals and caregivers to more effectively understand and use patients’ health information. On January 15, from the over 230 submissions, Involution Studios entry — a dynamic, system view of your health — was selected for the online showcase, featuring the most innovative designs that challenged the status quo. There’s no doubt that a well-designed medical record has the potential to provide many positive outcomes, including improved care coordination, prevention of medication errors, and quick, on demand access to critical health information in emergency situations.

hRecord and hGraph
Involution has long been involved with the design of open source solutions for the healthcare industry. We’re sharing a sample of our hRecord designs here, including versions for iPad and iPhone. You can also view our complete Health Design Challenge submission.

In order to gain insight into the complex, multi-dimensional data sets that represent health metrics, healthcare data requires visual representations that are engaging, optimized for use by both the health care provider and the patient, and support high-level pattern recognition and analysis as well as the ability to see deeper details.

hGraph is a open source information visualization particularly well-suited for viewing complex data, which provides a complete overview of an individual’s health. This single picture method can have a profound effect on a person’s understanding of their total well-being, because it compiles multiple metrics into a unified graph that can be viewed at a glance.


The way in which patients and doctors make healthcare decisions — from choosing therapies to evaluating possible side-effects — is changing rapidly based on newly available genetic testing and analysis. Involution client GeneInsight, a subsidiary of Partners HealthCare is on the forefront of this revolution in personalized medicine.

Last week, Partners HealthCare was featured in a Boston Globe article detailing its ground-breaking technology in whole genome sequencing. The innovative work in this space is being done by Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (PCPGM), which is dedicated to making people’s lives healthier and better by transforming the practice of medicine through increased personalization — based on the accelerated integration of genetic knowledge into clinical care.


GeneInsight Suite is an IT platform developed at Partners HealthCare, which streamlines the interpretation and management of vast amounts of genetic data.

The GeneInsight application, which provides the underpinnings of the Partners genomics software suite, assists users in drafting patient-specific, molecular diagnostic test reports for geneticist review. From the software’s extensive knowledge database structure, reports are created based on a set of highly flexible, user-defined templates.

Partners HealthCare selected Involution Studios to envision and design the user interface and information display of the GeneInsight Lab software, improving the usability, interaction, and visual appeal of the GeneInsight Lab UI. The company was looking for a partner to help crystallize and design the software that serves as a key component to realizing its ambitious vision.

The Involution team is committed to design for the health and healthcare space, and has a long and significant track record of creating software for assisting clinicians, administrators, and patients. Involution has had the privilege of working with organizations as far-reaching as AstraZeneca; CodeRyte, a division of 3M Health; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Working with organizations focused on healthcare gave Involution the right experiences to help Partners realize its vision for the GeneInsight UI and develop the software into an innovative, engaging, and highly usable tool for customers.

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