Photobook Production

We all gathered the images we wanted to feature in our photobook from production stages to display of the various pieces. Aaron created some nice divider & cover pages for the book and I took the files to Soundstore where we could layout and have a bound hardback scrapbook personalised and produced for us.

The kiosk for layout of the book turned out to be quite restrictive, particularly for sequencing of images and it was more intended for randomised photo albums, but after about quite a bit of rearranging and trial & error I was able to compile something that reflected & documented our process of each visualisation. The book was printed and bound and then available for collection later in the same day.

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We were all very impressed with how the final book turned out and it was a nice way to package all of our work.


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

FabLab Engraving

Today I travelled to the FabLab in Limerick to have our wooden height-map of Ireland laser-engraved. I had previously prepared designs in Adobe Illustrator.

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The FabLab was a very interesting, collaborative space with lots of intriguing work going on.

I loaded my design up into the Lasersaur interface and calibrated the machine with my wood in place.

The first attempt came out perfect but with no centre-point markers on the counties to place the spikes, which I learned after was because the elipse shapes used were not compound paths. I reloaded the wooden piece into the machine and removed everything from the design apart from the markers, but unfortunately it didnt map things out the same and it ruined the piece.

I re-did the designs, replacing all the elipses with full stops and then outlining the text, and re-ran the piece through the machine on the back side of the wood which thankfully worked and re-produced the design exactly as it was on screen.


Wable – Dynamic Physical Display

Wable is again based off the same kind of principle as the previous posts. It is a dynamic physical display that shows a person’s social media presence.

This is even closer to the kind of functionality we would like to replicate with our project as the MIT inform one is a lot more advanced

Ireland Visualisation Idea #1 – Cotd.

To represent our map of Ireland using these dynamic pins we could create a map made up of squares, but that was still clearly Irleand. Just in a low-poly / pixel style that would allow for easy incorporation of the automated pins.

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Depending on the level of detail we want to go into we can just increase / decrease the “resolution” of the map, as long as it’s still distinguishable and as long as the smallest county (Louth) could still be represented by one of the pins. We would just need to find a happy medium between the two.



Ireland Visualisation Idea #1

To represent the Irish data, one way we are considering is a in the form of a physical display. What we are proposing is a “3D bar graph” which would be controlled by a slider of some sort to cycle through the years.

As the user changes year, the different counties adjust to reflect the total number of deaths in that county for that year.

The principle of the the display would be a similar idea to this inForm table created by MIT’s tangible media lab. It is effectively an automated pin-art board



The result is almost hypnotic and would be a really engaging way to represent our data.