An interactive futures table of elements

By Robert Hickson 17/12/2013

Last year I developed a Futures Periodic Table. Since then I’ve been wondering how to make it interactive, so you can drill down to find more information on each “element” and playing around with combinations. I may have a solution to that now.

Last week I was at a presentation given by Paul Duignan about a visualisation tool he has developed called DoView. This is being used in strategic planning, evaluations, and in other ways. It struck me as also a good way of organising and exploring futures-related information. One of the good things about DoView is that you can use it in a workshop as a more dynamic way of collecting and organising information and models as you go, rather than playing with typical slide presentations or other visualisation packages that are less nimble to rearrange.

Paul was enthused by my Periodic Table, and mocked up a concept for his DoView blog. I’ve now also started trying to turn the static into something more interesting. It’s still very much a work in progress, but I’m finding it useful – particularly  the ability to move backwards or forwards easily, and clone elements form one page to another.


DoView Futures



Have a look at what I’ve done so far at this Link (you don’t need to download DoView), or peruse the screenshots below. Feedback is encouraged. I’m only just beginning to explore how you can build models of interacting elements rather than just presenting information. So keep tuned in the new year.


Converting the graphic into sets of interactive elements in DoView that you can click on or link to each other (click on image for larger view in another window):


Include details on particular elements on separate pages, and navigate to and from the:


DoView allows you to link to websites, so you can include links to sources of primary data:


Create linkages between different elements based on questions, issues or scenarios:


Map out the inter-relationships between elements: