{post 10} the road to homelessness.

design response. generative system. refined proposal. judith tan.

(Tan 2016) The title for the project is derived from the common phrase ‘all roads lead to Rome’, meaning that whatever road you take, it will eventually lead you to the same destination. While this is not necessarily true in life, I wanted to create an inevitability in the design response to highlight the ease at which one can become homeless, and how hard it is to escape from it.

Continue reading “{post 10} the road to homelessness.”


{post 9} the visual documentation & reflection of post 8.

collaborative process. visual documentation. reflection. judith tan.

Visual documentation and reflection on the collaborative brainstorming process as discussed in post 8.

{group brainstorming}

(Yanovsky, Grieve, Dakkak, Stollery & Tan 2016) We all wrote down our individual ideas for each other’s propositions onto one sheet of paper, as our focusses, objectives and goals were quite similar.

Continue reading “{post 9} the visual documentation & reflection of post 8.”

{post 8} the process of arriving at a design response.

collaborative process. design response possibilities. draft proposal. judith tan.

(Flatau 2016)

We came together as a group to brainstorm possibilities for design responses to our focuses for the issue of homelessness. My objective, what I wanted my design response to achieve, was this:

To shift/change (even slightly) the public’s perception of homelessness (e.g. how easy it is to become homeless, etc.). This would cause the public to be less judgmental and more understanding, help them refrain from jumping to conclusions, be more willing to help and more informed in how to help. The shift in perspectives and attitudes would benefit the homeless and also the organisations seeking to help them.

Continue reading “{post 8} the process of arriving at a design response.”

{post 7} the process of mapping.

mapping process. reflection. judith tan.

(Julie 2016)

Before I scraped the web, for over a period of two to three weeks, the homelessness collaboration group I am working with went through several brainstorming sessions to write and map out what we had individually learned thus far. The purpose was to gain different and broader perspectives from each other’s research and points of view.

Continue reading “{post 7} the process of mapping.”

{post 6} the scraping of data.

data scraping. analysis. judith tan.

background texture
(MFT 2013) ‘Data scraping’ is a new term for me. Before, this, I was not aware that the word ‘scrape’ can mean more than just the physical, tangible meaning, e.g. to scrape paint off a surface.

The next phase of research was to scrape data from the web. I chose Facebook as my research platform, as I wanted to gather data regarding the effects of different methods of communication and media, including text, image and links to external sites. I gathered data with a focus of seeking to identify how the public views the issue of homelessness. I also wanted to identify what methods are more effective in engaging an audience.

Continue reading “{post 6} the scraping of data.”

{post 5} the issue with assumption + concerns of life.

interview. probe. findings. reflection. judith tan.

00_title 2
(Think Eat Write Read 2014)

In this post, I will explain, record and analyse my findings from some primary research I conducted in the hopes of understanding some of the viewpoints young adults have on the issue of homelessness.

Continue reading “{post 5} the issue with assumption + concerns of life.”

{post 4} the ignored and invisible.

design activism. research example. judith tan.

Sadness of boy in the city
Invisible Child, UNICEF China (Adeevee 2008)

The next step was to look into emergent practices and find a design response to an issue related to homelessness. There are many types of emergent practices, and the following project is an example of design actvitism, or social design.

Continue reading “{post 4} the ignored and invisible.”

{post 3} navigating homelessness + the juxtaposition in society.

mapping. image archive. analysis. judith tan.


I started to attempt to navigate the issue of homelessness by mapping out the actors in this issue, with a focus on what causes people to transition into homelessness, what helps them to transition out of homelessness, and what prevents them from moving back to permanent housing.

Continue reading “{post 3} navigating homelessness + the juxtaposition in society.”

{post 2} the plight or flight of displaced youth.

two academic writings. brief analysis. reflection. judith tan.

Woman jeans and sneaker shoes
(IBB 2015) Youths who become homeless often feel a sense of self-protection and empowerment in their choice to leave home.

After reading through online newspaper articles, I moved on to search for academic writings in order to delve a little deeper into the issue of homelessness. I have chosen two articles with the same focus in mind of transitioning to homelessness. This time however, instead of covering the general homeless population, I have narrowed down the demographic focus to look into how youths become homeless.

Continue reading “{post 2} the plight or flight of displaced youth.”

{post 1} the shift to homelessness.

five news articles. brief analysis. reflection. judith tan.

to caption
(NKB Images 2013) A destitute young man sits at the side of a road, crouching and hiding his face, perhaps in an attempt to escape from the cold, or hide an unkempt face and wretched tears, or catch some shut-eye to make up for interrupted sleep. The hoodie and the knees of the jeans show little wear, telling of better times now past, and evidence that the youth has not been homeless for long.

Dear reader,

This post marks the embarkment of a research and design project into the issue of homelessness and social inclusion. As it is such a broad and complex topic, I have chosen to begin by investigating into the how and why of people becoming homeless, in an attempt to aid direction and bring some focus into my initial research.

Although I am now only starting to scrape the surface of the perplexity of homelessness, my aim is to delve deeper, and if possible, come to a design solution in response to this issue.

If you will, bear with me on this journey of process, which I hope will see us growing in perspective and clarity of vision on an issue which is becoming increasingly grave in our nation.

Continue reading “{post 1} the shift to homelessness.”