DoodleBuzz is a new way to read the news through an experimental interface that allows you to create typographic maps of current news stories.
Does the web really need yet another news aggregator? In many ways the answer to this question is undoubtably no. But DoodleBuzz was born out of an idea to create an entirely new way of exploring information - one that allows for a kind of "quiet chaos" that gives people the opportunity to explore unthought of paths and connections along their news gathering journey. You may start at Iraq but end up finishing on Britney, whilst taking in The Catholic Church, Global Warming and 50 Cent.
The interface for DoodleBuzz is simply a scribbled line. Draw a straight line. Draw a curved line. Draw a crazy, chaotic, all-over-the-place messed up line. It's up to you how you want to layout the information - DoodleBuzz simply provides a blank canvas for you to use and abuse.
Why do that? Well, the web is full of top-down scrolling websites that are great for viewing information in a linear fashion, but not so good at fun things like chance and exploration. So a scribbled line seemed to be the antithesis of the scrolling linear paradigm. Do we want all sites to look like this? No, that would be stupid, but the web should always be a place of eclectic tastes and experiences. But more than anything it's just good to twist things up a bit.
DoodleBuzz started life as a series of simple sketches in a notebook, originally looking at how to create an interface system that as much as possible moved away from the ubiquitous "click here" that seems to pervade the web.
A series of small interactive sketches created in Flash was then put together to explore the idea of placing "objects" along a scribbled line. After several iterations of these scribbling interface concepts, an information source was then needed to make best use of such an idea.
DayLife is creating a new architecture of news. They believe that reading the news should be more fun and less of a chore. So they've created a wonderfully powerful platform that allows designers, developers and artists to create new kinds of news applications using their DayPI
Over a period of two weeks (though in reality about 40 hours ot total time) DoodleBuzz was developed in Flash using Actionscript 3 with a little bit of PHP for good measure.