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.

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Road Deaths ; Daisy Chain Development

Due to the population figures being based on the years 2011 and 2016, I downloaded the correlating years road deaths from RSA. I added in the road deaths next to each county for that year.

I then divided the number of road deaths into the population. I rounded this number into the closest whole number. This took awhile as I went over the numbers a few times to check that they were correct. Also the metric measurement used was cm as that would be the easiest measurement to make the daisy chains.

Population ; Daisy Chain Development

I downloaded the population for each county for the years 2011 and 2016. I decided to do both years so the daisy chains could be used as a comparison. The user can see the increase/decrease of road deaths in these years.

The reason for using years 2011 and 2016 is that these are the years that the population census was carried out. There was no data for the years in between 2011 and 2016. The data sets were downloaded from CSO.  The images below are screenshots of the population. The population at the top where it says Population 2 is the 2011 figure and the below that is the 2016 figure.

 

Jam Jar Set-up

This week I started gathering the content for the ja jar/jelly baby data representation. I needed to gather 26 identical jam jars, strip and clean them for presentation. Also as part of this I had to get 216 jelly babies to insert into the jars, which represented the counties and the fatalities respectively. Gathering identical jars was tedious as it was difficult to source 26 identical jars without buying them, however, once they were gathered it was aesthetically pleasing.

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Creation of Car Wind Chime

I began this process by purchasing 30 toy cars from Dealz. Originally I planned to spray paint the cars, however the material of the cars made the spray paint come off really easily.

I then decided to just paint the cars, the colour I went with was black, mainly because black is a colour you would associate death with, especially at funerals. The colour is certainly used as a visual variable.

The wind chime encodes our data set, specifically an average number amount of deaths in Cork over the last 10 years which was 10. The cars were suspended from string all at the same height to give the effect that all the cars were crashing into each other. The idea was when the wind hits the cars it would make it look like they were all crashing into each other.

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Prototype for Map Project

This week, we began the construction of our first prototype of one of our projects. This project served to show the average amount of fatal crashes in Ireland over a ten year period per county.

Using base materials such as paper, cardboard, paint and tooth picks, we constructed a basic prototype to show our Lecturer.

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We developed the average fatality rate for each county over the last 10 years and compiled the toothpicks together and painted them in their respective county’s colours. The height of each set of toothpicks was based on the averages available e.g Cork – 22 – Highest, Sligo – 4 – Lowest.

 

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Upon discussion he suggested that while the use of basic materials was compelling, laser printing a map and plotting the locations would prove to be a better way to showcase the project.

4 Projects to carry out!

1. Tooth Picks
The idea is to get a map of Ireland and map out on the map using tooth picks, the average amount of car fatalities over the past 10 years and this would be done on a county to county basis. An element of colour and the height of the toothpicks would depict the amount of deaths etc.

Equipment needed:
– Toothpicks
– Map of Ireland
– Paint?
– Scissors

Important that we take photos of each of the processes from start to finish as we will be documenting this.

Averages:
Carlow: 3
Cavan: 6
Clare: 5
Cork: 22
Donegal: 13
Dublin: 22
Galway: 15
Kerry: 11
Kildare: 10
Kilkenny: 5
Laois: 5
Leitrim: 3
Limerick: 13
Longford: 3
Louth: 7
Mayo: 9
Meath: 9
Monaghan: 5
Offaly: 5
Roscommon: 5
Sligo: 4
Tipperary: 12
Waterford: 5
Westmeath: 6
Wexford: 8
Wicklow: 5

2. Daisy Chains
The daisy chains will represent the lowest average amount of deaths throughout the 4 provinces over the past 10 years, each chain will be coloured in their counties colour to show to the person interacting with what county the casualty took place in.

The whole point to get across is, regardless of them being the lowest rate, they are still counted as deaths and it gets across the point that every life is valuable.

The lowest amounts are:

MUNSTER:
Clare: 5
Waterford: 5

LEINSTER:
Carlow: 3
Longford: 3

CONNACHT:
Sligo: 4

ULSTER:
Monaghan: 5

Equipment needed:
– Paper
– Scissors
– Colours
– Glue/Tape/Staples

3. Jelly Babies
This one will display the highest averages of deaths per province. Similar to the last one but this time it’s displaying the opposite value.

The highest amounts are:

MUNSTER:
Cork: 22

LEINSTER:
Dublin: 22

CONNACHT:
Galway: 15

ULSTER:
Donegal: 13

Equipment needed:
– Jellybabies
– Toothpicks

4. Cars
Display the average amount of deaths in Cork alone for the past 10 years. This will be done by suspending the cars from wires at the same level. Potentially hanging from a cardboard cutout of cork and have it displayed outside as almost like a wind chime by the road, the wind will take the movement of the cars to make it look like they are hitting off each other.

Deaths in Cork over the past 10 years: 22

Equipment needed:
– Toy cars
– string (possibly invisible)
– cardboard cut out of cork
– Scissors