WEEK 5 :
Collecting & storytelling
This week we exploder ways how people map data and visualise data. Mapping the Knowledge mile and creating a map out of this data.
We formed groups of 4 and started planning our walk. After the walk we spliced into groups of 2 and build and designed our own concept.
Knowledge Mile map
ZINE : Mapping
Mapping, A simple yet delicate form of data collection and data presentation. Making a visual representation of boring data to enhance the readability of the data. Pirates used it to find their way to hidden treasures while a Hobbit used a map for safe passage through a volcano. Maps where invented to mark your own territory. In the golden age, map drawers where seen as one of the most valuable jobs around the world. Being one could lead to grave avengers and sworn secrecies.
Knowledge Mile Map
Create a visual representation of your datawalk that tells a compelling visual story about the data you collected and the area you explored
Andy, Melissa, Asle and I started by choosing a topic we found interesting. “Inform blind people about gender bias”. With this topic in mind we came up with a plan for our knowledge mile walk. Photograph everything related to gender. Such as street names and ad posters.
In our walk we saw a lot of biased street names. We were hoping to spot more aggressive sexual posters or an alternative to this.
So we based our map on the street names to indicate gender bias. We spliced into two groups and both build our own ideas. Andy and I made wanted to create something that only blind people can read. This means using only braille.
This week we created a map for blind people. Diving in to the possibilities that enable blind people to “read”. We used a text to braille translator for the text. I wanted to create a height offset using the laser cutter, so I asked the Makerslab geniuses. None of them knew how to achieve this result, so I googled around but didn’t find anything… After experimenting with the laser cutting software I discovered that a height offset can be achieved by grouping the outer object and the offset object together. Setting this group to scan will exclude the offset object.
Our collaboration went quite well. Andy and I work well together. We build upon each others ideas and fix problems on foresight.
Maker Skills & Attitude
Discovering this offset feature was really cool and gave an enormous kick! Knowing this opened up new possibilities and new ways of thinking with laser cutting.
Andy experimented with the laser cutter on paper and I figured out a way to cut only the overset in a group. This means I can lower the overall height of an acryl piece with an offset. So the braille is has a higher profile than the rest of the cover.
After we glued the cover and the laser engraved paper together, Andy added koper wires and connected everything to the touch board.
The K on the cover of the map represents a K in rune and a K in braille.
DATA & STORYTELLING
Create a map that informs blind people about gender bias ( / sexism ? )
Using koper wire for interactions and the touch board for sound reflection.
Blind people can interact with the map by following the coper wire along the map. When the gender bias level is high the user can hear a short message about gender bias. Andy rigged this up using copper wire on the front and back of the map.