Recently I was cleaning out my childhood bedroom (10/10 would recommend as a method of procrastination) and during the rummaging I came across my Dad’s old dictaphone.
*Please note this post has been edited to include new insights. I’ve retained the earlier entry to give a sense of my thought processes and to show the weaknesses in my initial proposal. Scroll down to see the updated version.
I’m not made for concrete decisions. I change my mind on a whim.
So when it comes to assignments, I typically just bide my time until the very last hour where I haphazardly scramble through the stacks of information I’ve collected and sit somewhere in the corner of my room in a state of caffeine-fuelled delirium and tears.
It was a Tuesday afternoon. I knew it was coming, yet nothing could prepare me for the moment I caught sight of the butchers paper stacked proudly on the table. Taunting me with the inevitability of more mapping.
I smiled, but internally…
Post Six: Scraping the Web for Data
As much as I love memes, the true value of social media rests within its ability to give a voice to marginalised people. Where the media was once dominated by the lucky few in power, the monopoly has been dismantled and the individual reigns supreme.
While the exact function of this new social media machine is difficult to pin down, one cannot deny it as being a rich source of information relating to prevailing attitudes around a specific issue – in my case, climate change.
Beginning with mapping in week 3, I was given a glimpse into the tangled web of stakeholders involved in climate change. It allowed me to see the breadth of the issue and provided a basis for narrowing my search. But it was in the collaborative expansion of these early maps that rich insights were gained.
Approaches to design for change: design-led ethnography
The great thing about secondary research is that all of the hard work has been done, but I’ve realised some of the most valuable and authentic insights are drawn outside of the domain of scholarly sources.
In using adapted social-science methods like semi-structured interviews and cultural probes, designers can develop a deeper sense of empathy through the lens of an individuals responses. In my case, this meant seeing the issue of climate change on a level that extended beyond the semantics of science and politics.
Mapping the participants (human and non-human) and constructing an image archive
I was a born optimist. I grew up so sure that the world was marvellous, people were awesome and that we were collectively marching along a yellow brick road to an even more spectacular future.
Identifying and Collecting a Design Sample: Generative and Service Design for Climate Change
I love a good tangent, so it’s no surprise that after a few hours of well intentioned online research I found myself knee-deep in celebrity twitter archives and questioning the future of humanity as I sought solace in Renaissance memes.
I was ten when I stopped believing in magic. It was the day that Tim told me the hard truth about Santa behind the demountables after recess. Everything seemed utterly underwhelming after that. A tree was a tree, a chair was a chair…
Post One: Creating a data set using secondary sources