Blog Post Ten. Consolidating the research process.

The class exercises in mapping and brainstorming have been incredibly helpful in developing the draft of my design proposal. Feedback from both peers and my tutor allowed me to consolidate  the aims of the design and refine its execution. This has seen my final proposition move from a service design into a data visualisation which presents an achievable goal instead of a hypothetical one which was unrealistic.

Initially, I wanted to create a piece of service design which would allow a live feed of CCTV footage from inside the prison cells of incarcerated Aboriginal Australian’s to be released onto a public platform. This would create transparency and accountability within the Australian law enforcement and remove the sense of isolation and fear from those inside the prison cells.

Through feedback, I came to realise that the proposal sill needed to be achievable and realistic despite only being a proposition.  Knowing that there would never be any chance of the Australian Government giving approval to the freedom of this footage, I came to realise that I would need to throw this idea away and go down another of the paths explored within blog post eight.

Moving on from this idea, but still wanting to challenge the treatment of Aboriginal people in custody, pushed me to move my design into the emergent practice of data visualisation. In designing for this sector, I came up with the following design proposal.

TITLE:

Undecided at current date.

PRACTICE TYPE:

Data visualisation

THE ISSUE:

The unethical aboriginal incarceration including deaths in custody.

THE POSSIBLE CHANGE:

The design would aim to instigate a change towards the perceptions of Aboriginal Australians. Subsequently encouraging viewers to put pressure on the government for better care and treatment as well as a fairer justice system to replace the existing one.

THE DESIGN:

The design would be an emotive and powerful representation of Aboriginal people’s stories of unfair incarceration. Highlighting, in particular, the length of time a person was detained, the reason for this detainment, the age of the detainee and the end result of the situation. Whether this was death, mistreatment, or neglect at the hands of the Australian law or failure on behalf of the justice system in handling the case.

ACTION TO SUPPORT THE CHANGE:

It would be my hope that the design would evoke emotion within viewers and  challenge their perceptions surrounding the treatment of Indigenous Australians within our justice system. It would also aim to tell people’s stories simply, making  them more than just a number on a page. Ultimately, the emotions and realisations brought forward by my work would enable people to put pressure on the government for policies to be changed and the law enforcement to be held accountable and become transparent, allowing aboriginal people to feel safe in their own communities and putting a stop to Aboriginal deaths in custody.