Lesson 3 with Nick and Ross

20th October

Yesterday, I was still not confident about my idea. Nick and Ross held 1-to-1 sessions with anyone who was in the same boat. Before today I had a list of a few ideas including, collecting data on phone usage, procrastination and in a similar vein, laziness. Laziness was something I wrote quite a few notes and spider diagrams on. Going into how laziness and procrastination might affect how creative you are because you’re giving yourself more time to come up with ideas, unlike just doing the task straight away and doing the first idea you have without much chance to change.

During the 1-to-1 session, we talked a lot more about the phone usage and what that can lead to in a few years, even 100 or 1000 years into the future. A lot of what I had to put forward, was not things I had researched recently, but things I had seen or read in the past. For example, there have been studies that showed our brains may be getting smaller because of all the information we have on hand through our phones. In a sense, our phones could eventually function as our brains. Another thing this has been theorized to lead to is a kind of hive mind through the internet.

Now there is still a lot of research I need to do on this because a lot of my ideas so far are just things I remember hearing about.

Lesson 2 with Nick and Ross

Today we discussed more what the project actually was about and how we would be going about it. We were also should several artists who all used data visualisation in their work.

  • Katie Paterson

An artist who created a sculpture using sections from every single tree on earth. She also translated Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata into Morse code and reflected it off the moon. Sections of the music were lost by the time it was returned and Paterson had a piano play the returned music.

  • Addie Wagenknecht

Wagenknecht has programmed robots and drones to create art, like painting.

  • Laurie Frick

Frick does a lot of work to do with sleep, and the sleep patterns people have.

  • David Mccandles

Mccandless is a designer who does a lot of work with infographics and data visualisation. Whereas some of the artists above have more scientific backgrounds, Mccandless is purely design oriented but is very invested in data and information. His website is even called ‘Information is Beautiful’.

I was quite interested in Laurie Frick’s work about sleep and how it affects people’s moods. So I’ve decided to do a similar subject, laziness and procrastination. So far it’s only an idea and I have no idea how I’m going to collect this data or present it. So those ideas will have to come over the next few weeks.

Lesson 1 with Nick and Ross

On the 5th October, we had our first ID1 lesson with Nick and Ross, where we discussed the subject of our project presentation. In this module, we would be looking into Data Visualization. Now, this is a subject I only know a little bit about and so will need to do quite a bit of research on it before I start my work.

We will also be making a presentation to show the work we have done as well as the research we’ve done on our subjects, and data collection/visualisation as a whole. We do have the option to just do the presentation, but I would rather do the presentation and a practical piece as well, using data I have collected.