Displaying & User-Testing The Heightmap

I took lead on the development of the laser engraved wooden height map data visualisation. This visualisation represents the average amount of deaths over the last 10 years in each county in the Republic of Ireland based on RSA and Gardaí data.

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The final piece is very intriguing and invites people to inspect closer and cautiously touch each of the points as they interact with the piece. It is fierce looking and as is the data that it is representing, it looks dangerous but at the same time aesthetically pleasing. I really like the shadows that the skewers cast and how they can change the look when the piece is viewed under different lighting.

We found that the piece was easily understood and did not require any explanation when it was displayed & tested. Users were quickly able to interpret that the number of deaths was encoded into the height of each county’s skewer

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