By Miyoung Kang
Mapping Exercise, 2016
From Week 3 to Week 5, through the group exercise, we have created a visual map in order to approach the connection and interaction of human and non-human stakeholders based on mental issues. In the first stage, we have tried to divide the causes of mental illnesses into simply right and left parts. We have covered human oriented causes – racism, friends, family and depression placed in human part, while environment, natural disaster, alcohol and drugs are placed in non-human part. We have researched the relationship between them in depth, putting every closer related word horizontally and discussed why other members wanted to place each words differently. In the next stage, we have explored to extract 5 different words from a number of stakeholders; accessibility, youth, advertisement, relationship and ignorance than under those each words, we tried to reassign left words we made. Also using six adjectives, emotional, social, disruptive, actionable and factual that can divide those stakeholders largely, we have tried to be placed in each part. Also using six adjectives, emotional, social, disruptive, actionable and factual that can divide those stakeholders largely, we have tried to be placed in each part.
When we have assigned each stakeholder, there were some factors that we have thought differently in emotional and social sections. I was thinking that some word belongs to an emotional section but other member placed some words in a social section or below the disruptive section and they have explained their opinions. We have also exercised negative and positive areas, divided into two parts. The most interesting point was the stakeholders placed in the middle of two sections.
What I have leaned is that I could listen to a variety of opinions from my group members and discuss our perspectives. It was a very interesting and beneficial experiment. Through the result we explored, I will further gain more insight into my design process. Furthermore, I will consider developing the visual mapping that involves discussions and actors with questions that can gain further understanding, connection and interaction on relevant section in the next stage.