Here it is! All the work for this last half of the semester in one piece. I am super happy with the way everything turned out. I really feel like my poster is the epitome of what this class was supposed to teach me and that is how to show data in a visually interesting way. Here is a link to my walk through: https://youtu.be/qcKqb6bWpqM
For my final project in ART 331 my topic is the effects of music education on the brain of children 5-18 in the United States. I think that with the arts getting cut from school, music is not too far behind. As a piano teacher I see the effects of music on children and how important it is for their development and growth. I would love to get more research on the topic so that I can back up my claims with not only experience but hard facts. The final exhibit can be built as a physical display OR as a working interactive website OR as a combination of physical display and interactive elements. I’m still a little fuzzy about the physical part but I am already thinking about the display itself.
This week I compiled some initial research on the topic as well as infographics that already exist on the topic. My main goal is to streamline the information and create some cool graphs with the data that I have researched and put it into a design that is easy to follow and read. I will not be showing in the R&CW conference since I am not in Rexburg but I am excited to have this shown as part of my TED talk that I am giving in my COMM 273 class. Take a look below and give any feedback on the initial ideas.
For my final I ended up eliminating a lot of design things that I had included before. Using critique from Brother Frohn I removed the practical application part of my images. In hindsight though I really liked that part of the assignment and I think it made me standout from the group but in the end I decided to focus mainly on the graphs themselves. I tried to incorporate the 3D Lego as much as possible in my graphs because that is the heart of the design. Overall simplification should be my motto. I always try and put too much on a page but by keeping it minimal these designs look much more interesting. I did get one critique of it being boring. My concern with giving it a colorful background is that everything else is colorful and I didn’t want to compete with the visual of the lego pieces. I am really happy with how this turned out and the techniques I was able to use to incorporate as much of the Lego texture as I could.
This week we were supposed to show our designs to people and receive feedback. Unfortunately my daughter and I had pink eye (super contagious) so I have been holed up in our house all week. That being said I did show my work online to some friends and below are some of their thoughts.
Everyone who saw my first page really loved the simplicity of it and knew exactly what it was about. I did ask them if they saw this what would they do next and everyone said “swipe left”. It made me really happy to know that small cues were really effective.
Using Legos as representations of things was sort of my theme. In this case the example I used was using the Lego blocks as literal measurements of a truck and then being able to calculate how many nodes (boxes) could fit.
This is what I would have used Legos for if I wasn’t more into building structures, representations of furniture. Because Legos are all sized equally the same they are perfect for layout something out.
The table graph was a tough one for me. I has used most of my surveyed data already so I wasn’t able to make this table graph more complex. Also I’m not sure I like the block together because I don’t think it necessarily reads very well.
I have never been one to publicly complain but I am drowning in how much work this class has asked me to do each week. I feel that my designs are lacking because I do not have the full amount of time that the professor feels is necessary. Anyways, rant is done. This week was all about sketching and getting the design put together. It’s a rocky start but at least it’s a start. I am feeling more confident with the digital sketches and how they are helping flesh out what my direction is.
If I had to pick the hardest thing it would be trying to find a way to share this data in a way that is new and unique. At this point I can’t see how I can make something about Lego’s unique and different because they are such simple items. My goal this upcoming week is to think outside the box and really try to turn this into a portfolio piece.
I loved putting this project together. I really started to get into it when I pulled my first VHS apart to create the final tape chandelier. My data is about movie attendance by country and I at first had a lot of different ideas for the data-centric map but as I put it together I realized that I was missing the point which is to share the data. I ended up simplifying the map but it didn’t share the theme of the project so I chose to base the map on the 1920’s. The 1920s was also the decade of the “Picture Palaces”: large urban theaters that could seat 1-2,000 guests at a time, with full orchestral accompaniment and very decorative design (often a mix or Italian, Spanish, and Baroque styles). These picture palaces were often owned by the studios and used to premier and first-run their major films. This was a perfect way to combine data and history.
For my form centric map I pulled apart VHS’s and used the film to show the data. It became a 3D bar graph. This was the part of the project that I think turned out really great. From far away it is such a distinctive image and I am really proud of it.
This week I felt like I turned a corner with this project because I was actually excited about the finished product.
My color refined draft. I am actually really happy with the direction I took it. I had experimented with using film strips and other film paraphernalia but it didn’t do what it was supposed to do and that is show the data. I like my color choices but a thought I had that I would experiment with is changing them to the Technicolor colors. I think that would be a cute nod to the change in film from black and white to color.
My black and white refined draft. I think it actually looks really pretty. I am concerned about the last set of data box because the color is too light and you might not be able to read the actual data. I also might work on the background and make it white have the countries with no data just fade into the background. My concern with that is that most of Africa would be gone and it might look weird.
My form centric refined draft. It took me forever to find VHS tapes that I could tear up to create this data map. I chose to use the top country from each category in my data map so that there would be a distinct difference in sizes. I will put this on a white board so that it can be moved and displayed but for now they are on my kitchen floor. I am also planning on creating stickers with the country flag so that it cuts up the stark black and white imagery. Although on the other hang it might be kind of cool to just put stickers on the tape and write out the information with a sharpie, like you would have on a home video.
Alright, new project I’m working on. This time it is about mapping and how you translate data clearly but interestingly using a map. At the end of this project I will have created a color and gray scale data-centric poster and a sculpture piece to go with it. This week is the preliminary work of collecting research ideas and then disseminating that into my theme: Number of Films produced by country or continent. I am really excited about where this is going. If you have any thoughts or critique please feel free to comment.
This week I took my final poster to my husband’s work and I had 10 people look and comment on the poster. I find it interesting that to people that don’t know any better my poster was cool. I am not getting the same critique from my peers/instructor. Most of the comments were towards the flow of the steps and the numbering system. They thought that by rearranging the steps a little there will be an easier movement. Also the numbers are fun but they impede the images rather than enhance.
Please check out my screencast of my experience and my Final process Book.