Visualising Data – What Design Can Do for Information Overload

Surveys were conducted using iPads in the main area of the What Design Can Do 2011 (WDCD ‘11) at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam during the first day of the conference. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
Surveys were conducted using iPads in the main area. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
Surveys were conducted using iPads in the main area. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
Badges with the results from the surveys were generated and produced on the spot for each interviewed subject. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
The interviewed people could pick up their invidually generated badges and a flyer explaining the project and symbols only minutes after they were interviewed. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
The interviewed people could pick up their invidually generated badges and a flyer explaining the project and symbols only minutes after they were interviewed. – Photo by Bruno Setola.
Bruno Setola giving a short talk on data visualization as part of the CrossLab Break-Out session, presenting the results of the real-time visualization experiment.
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Title: Visualising Data
Subtitle: What Design Can Do for Information Overload
Title.alternative: WDCD 2011 CrossLab Break-Out
Type: Conference; Survey; Presentation
Type.date: 26 May 2011 – 27 May 2011
Type.place: Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Designer.name: A. (Aldje) van Meer; B. (Bruno) Setola; D. M. (Deanna) Herst; A. (Alper) Çugun; R. (Richard) Vijgen; G. C. C. (Gabrielle) Marks
Designer.affiliation: CrossLab, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Programmer.name: M. T. C. (Michael) van Schaik
Programmer.affiliation: CrossLab, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Author.name: A. (Aldje) van Meer; B. (Bruno) Setola; D. M. (Deanna) Herst; A. (Alper) Çugun; R. (Richard) Vijgen; G. C. C. (Gabrielle) Marks
Author.affiliation: CrossLab, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Contributor.name: Data collection by T. (Thomas) van Asselt, J. (Joran) Koster, E. (Eric) de Waal, R. (Robin) de Kok, F. N. (Fernando) van de Vlist, M. (Max) Braams, T. (Topi) Makinen, D. (Daan) Kemp, S. (Suyin) Ridderstaat, A. G. (Alex) Starr, R. (Rik) Speel, S. (Seph) Rademakers, and J. (Johnny) Brankaert
Contributor.affiliation: CrossLab, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Description: What Design Can Do 2011 (WDCD ‘11) celebrates the power of design and its problem-solving abilities. This two-day event in Amsterdam exposes design as a catalyst of change and renewal and a way of addressing the societal questions of our time.
Topic of this break-out session was, what designers can do for “information overload”. Designers are editors of information. As such, they can make the public aware of certain issues. Data Visualization offers a new method for this purpose. Rendering complex data visual can provide insight into invisible processes, making us aware of certain patterns in our behavior. In this process, the role of the designer is of fundamental importance: for example, the dynamic data visualization of CO2 emissions expresses more than statistics or a bar chart.
The breakout Visualizing Data showed the transformation of a dataset into visualised data. On Thursday, May 26, a CrossLab team conducted a survey among conference visitors. The central issue to be addressed: how committed are you as a designer? How social is your design? The questionnaire was based on three stereotypes of social and environmental awareness – ranging from naively involved to indifferently destructive. Hence, the visitors were confronted with questions like: Do you chat with or talk to people living in your street? When do you shut down your computer? Do you ever upload something online that is useful for others? Their answers were collected, processed, and visualised. The metaphor of a planet represented their individual profile and level of involvement. The process resulted in a collective data portrait of planets, a universe we would live in if it were up to the visitors of WDCD.
On Friday, May 27, CrossLab hosted an introduction about data visualization, hosted by Aldje van Meer. Gabrielle Marks and Deanna Herst revealed a tip of the iceberg of data visualization and discussed its potential for designers. Alper Çugun showed recent projects in Open Data, like the Apps for Amsterdam contest. Finally, Bruno Setola talked about the process of data visualization – from questionnaire to planet – and unveiled the universe according to the visitors of WDCD.
Description.source: CrossLab
Organisator: What Design Can Do
Organisator.place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Date.conference: 26 May 2011 – 27 May 2011
Date.presented: 27 May 2011, 14:00
Language: English (United Kingdom)
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