Blog Post 10: Reflection & Proposition (+presentation)


In class, Gemma provided some insightful feedback on how I could enhance my design proposal. My Intended approach was to use an existing map and draw out the journey of the individuals then to collate that data to create an ‘overlay’ of data trails. Instead, Gemma suggested that I should use that data set and establish the streets of the map as well as creating another map solely ‘statistical’ (map key) of the different surveillance cameras encountered in a certain demographical location. The concept of executing this proposition as a street directory was also Interesting in terms of style and structure. Using GPS coordinates to pinpoint one’s location and recording the street name and transcribing that information into a set of data visualisation. Generally, an interesting session where I’ve gathered some useful knowledge and experience on other peer’s approaches towards their design propositions across a vast spectrum of Issues. Christine had a visually & scientifically driven design concept of showing the cons and statistics of ‘farming’ in relations to climate change.


Project Title:

Surveillance/ CCTV Interactions (context of public & private space)

Surveillance Mapping – ‘The Data Trail’ (Blog Post 5) Design proposition is Inspired from the research and content from blog post 5.

The Issue:

The issue is around what can’t be seen by the naked eye, and that is data. Very intricate layers of data beyond the physical and social space. This issue is brought forward and inspired by Dan Hill’s ‘The street as platform’. And in a quote he said:

“We can’t see how the street is immersed in a twitching, pulsing cloud of data. This is over and above the well-established electromagnetic radiation, crackles of static… This is a new kind of data, collective and individual, aggregated and discrete, open and closed, constantly logging impossibly detailed patterns of behaviour. The behaviour of the street.”

What I wanted to understand and analyse was the purpose and existence of a surveillance camera. Such a modern ubiquitous, iconically recognised icon but yet often ignored and not actively engaged with society. Tucked away in the corners of our eyesight. How do we engage the general public to interact more with this technology? To create more awareness in our communities.

Design Practice Type (approach) + The Possible Change:

Datavisualisation (data set)

“Demographical” location based statistic report or mapping the journey of individuals. Seeing how many CCTV cameras are active in a certain location in comparison to other regions.

“Ownership” – How many stores, buildings etc. own and use surveillance cameras or advocate that technology. (I.e some stores print out visuals of shoplifters and emphasise prosecution).

Interactive Service – Creating a social experiment and RECORD the behaviours and attitudes of individuals in a designed space. Meaning a space which is configured with cameras and a space without but observed. (unknown & known space) changes the attitudes and the way we react.

Alternatively (reference Brian) suggested another interactive approach was to personify the cameras. What if surveillance cameras were different? Would this change our attitudes & approach? appropriating  the physical object of what the community sees as a ‘camera’ – will this also change the way we interact in a space?

The Design Action to support change:

Creating a data set of visuals is the predominant focus to support change. Being able to execute and portray the results in various methods and approaches shows a greater scope and understanding of this concept.

Such alternatives were mapping (location coordinates & surveillance), List (names of places and description), Illustrative & collage (quick sketches of all the cameras and buildings of the location). Questionnaires (questions for participants in relations to their daily routine and encounters with surveillance/ CCTV cameras.