Tried one more idea, though I think making all the bars the same width (and thus only showing percent full) is the right way to do it:
Here’s a UI design problem to consider. You want to show an overview of a storage system in an iPhone application, of some number of storage servers, each of which has some number of disks.
An initial, somewhat elegant idea is to display each volume in a table view, organized in sections by host name, which changes the cell background for a volume to a bar chart, showing how full that disk is:
The obvious issue that crops up here is that disks with different sizes are scaled to fit the entire width, since they’re only showing the percent full. So a 10 TB volume that’s 50% full looks exactly the same as a 500 GB volume that’s 50% full. That’s OK, we’ll just normalize to the size of the largest volume:
It’s a little better, since it’s conveying more, and technically more accurate, information in the same space, but to me this just seems hideously jagged and ugly, and ultimately confusing. But which is the best approach? A prettier, simpler design that can seem to distort the truth, or a more accurate, but jumbled and confusing design?
My new chair.
No, you can’t sit in it, so don’t even ask.
Fuller died on July 1, 1983, aged 87, a guru of the design, architecture, and ‘alternative’ communities, such as Drop City, the community of experimental artists to whom he awarded the 1966 “Dymaxion Award” for “poetically economic” domed living structures. During the period leading up to his death, his wife had been lying comatose in a Los Angeles hospital, dying of cancer. It was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: “She is squeezing my hand!” He then stood up, suffered a heart attack and died an hour later. His wife died 36 hours after he did. He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
From the Wikipedia biography on R. Buckmister Fuller.
I saw a photo of his and his wife’s headstone, and thought it odd to see that his wife died 2 days after he did. So yeah, kind of odd, that.
All photographs are cropped. You are tearing an image from the fabric of reality.