Change of plan.

After design a few lampshades using visualisations I had done before I was deciding how to make them. To make the prototypes I decided to laser cut them out of card, as I’ve always enjoyed working with card and I wanted the visualisations to be subtle and you have to look for them rather than …

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Design.

I’ve begun to think about my design for the lampshade. I’ve been pretty distracted by Audience and Context recently, so unfortunately this kind of took a back seat. But now I’ve been thinking about lamp shades and different things, I feel like I’m getting back into it. The design above is just me playing around …

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Tutorial.

What a nightmare. I really needed this tutorial and I may have accidently cried, so embarrassing.  But it was really helpful – as you can see from the rest of the blog I was all over place and I didn’t really know where I was going with the project.  

Sketches.

I used my previous visualisations to create these options. I really like how the different sized circles (on the one above) show the data. It could be really interesting if the gaps in between worked as they were supposed to. Maybe I could also use the gaps to act as one of the solid strips, …

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Lamp shade?

After thinking about a the mobile idea, I like it, but I don’t think it’s relevant enough to me and would be hard to design if I was to do it probably because I would have to consider safety features as it would have to be realistic. Another way I was thinking about it was …

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Mobile.

  The other day I was thinking and I don’t think I’m getting anywhere with my current ideas. And I was talking with people and someone came up with the idea of a kids mobile. I quite like this idea because it’s an interesting object. I was thinking about each bit hanging down could represent …

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Food Colouring.

Although this was one of my original ideas, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped. The problem was that I couldn’t put the dye in quick enough and then get back to the camera. The self timer on my camera is like 2 seconds, which wouldn’t make much difference. Anyway, the dye mixed …

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Coffee test.

  So I did an experiment today as to how the coffee would react/ what it would look like and how it would photograph. These are very basic experiments – just in my room with a white background and just a far of water. I also didn’t measure the coffee, I literally wanted to see …

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Coffee?

So I had a small brain wave. Although dye is all well and good in water it doesn’t really relate but I was struggling to think of something that would, but would also mix with water. And then I thought (as I sipped my morning coffee) why not coffee granules? I took this picture a …

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Weights.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of weight and depth of sleep, or how the two relate to each other. I can’t measure the feeling of falling asleep and that moment where you go limp (most commonly noticed in when falling asleep on buses and trains – we’ve all been there), so just …

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Martin Klimas.

  Klimas uses paint and sound to create these beautiful shapes. The image above simply shows a piece that he photographed where he just spun a stick around in circles and left running paint on it, and photographed the shapes created by it. The result of this is fascinating because the paint remains in its …

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Ideas.

  Some concept drawings as to how I think using the weights could work in different ways. One of those was hanging the weights off of some canvas and using something like plaster of paris to form the shape created. I could also vac form the shape but I’m not sure how possible this would …

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Research.

How are other people showing sleeping patterns in 2D? I found this work on someones portfolio on Behance named Mark-Jan Bludau. I really like this simple info graphic and the combination of colours used and they contrast each other well. I was considering doing this but I don’t think that my work would suit this. I …

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More visuals.

(the larger the circle the deeper the sleep, the smaller the circle the more awake.) I like the use of green in this. I wanted this to be a calm piece but still use a colour that contrasted with the background. I kept the dark background throughout because I still think it makes it easier …

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Visuals.

This is one of my favourite 2D outcomes. The contrast between the dark background and the blues works really well. I used the blue as this is generally known as a calm colour and associated with peace and relaxation and a lot of existing things to do with sleep (including the app that I’m using …

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Inspirations.

After having a bit of a block I was looking for inspiration and came across this BBC article all about visualising data with some really stunning and interesting results. I picked the one above as its my favourite but take a look for yourself. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29915801 This particular one depicts the commuter pattern of London. Obviously …

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Visualising ideas.

So part of my end thing is that I want to create 7 visualisations basically, 1 for each night represented. I wanted to start somewhere simple when it came to this because I’m finding it a lot harder to get my head around than I thought I would. Not that I consider myself the greatest …

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Breakdown.

I’m having a phase where I am having a serious lack of motivation, and everything is just too much. My insomnia has been really bad and I’m panicking because I know I haven’t done enough. I need to step back. SOMEONE SEND HELP.

Monday.

Monday’s session was not all that useful, the reflection we had to do was only used within our groups, and although this is fine, we had already discussed our projects the week before. It would have been better if we had an actual tutor to talk to about our work. I know we could have …

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Type?

Something that I found that was really interesting was when I was looking to see if anyone had done any kind of art or design using weight I found this really simple diagram (above) and it was about the weight of fonts. I’m a sucker for some typography and I hadn’t really considered anything like …

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Corey Holmes.

Corey Holmes is someone who’s been testing and playing around with food dyes and other things like water and oil to create some beautiful designs. The ways its been mixed/placed has created a beautiful effect, it almost looks like molecules, or bacteria or something under the microscope. The different tones and shades work really well …

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Phillip Brown.

After looking at dyes, I wanted to look into artists or designers that also used dyes and stubbled across Phillip Brown. He uses dyes to make intricate tapestries, but also does a variety of fashion items, like tops for both men and women. His work is still very intricate even on the clothing, and the …

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Dye research.

Another way I’m thinking of representing it is by using dye, the more dye, the deeper the sleep, and see what kinds of patterns it makes, by photographing it, then even making a screen print of the patterns made. I was thinking, dye may mix too quickly with the water and during the search to …

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Reflection.

Overview of project so far. Project needs to speed up in reality and I need to concentrate on a solid idea, I have a couple of things that I want to try out along the same theme, and then I can see what turns out best.  I’ve aim is to show the variety and change …

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Weights.

I’ve been thinking about weights and that feeling when you fall into sleep. Want to use this concept to translate the data. I was thinking about dropping weights or something into a tank of water at intervals and to represent depths of sleep over the night over a course of a week to see how …

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LATCH

Finally had a second session on latch after a few complaints that no one understood it, but after this I’m pretty clear on it all, and I’m confident I can apply it to my project and maybe even future projects now. Location – position relative to other objects. – doesn’t actually need to be shown …

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Block.

Another feedback session and talking through problems is definitely what I wanted, even though it was extra painful considering I still haven’t got a focus and I feel like I’m just going round in circles. I’m going through a lull in concentration on this and this is increasing my panic on it. We talked through …

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Results.

I got a mid 2:1! Pleased with this but I’m not going to let it lull me into a false sense of a security and feel like I can just sail along. With this I feel like I could push my mark up into a first hopefully, well that’s what I want to aim for. …

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Survey.

As part of collecting data, I originally wanted to do a large survey with people to get a mass of data, but now I’m thinking I may need to do a survey that is more general to get more detailed results. To do the survey I would use SurveyMonkey. Now I’m not sure if I …

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Finding datasets.

Ever since the assessment I’ve got to admit, I’ve been really out of touch with this module and I feel like I haven’t got back into it at all which at this point, scares me a little. Back to the point. Found an interesting article with some interesting datasets. It covers a lot of different …

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Collecting data.

So I’ve been tracking my own sleeping pattern as an example to use to visualise. I haven’t decided if I want to compare it yet, but my mum is also using the app, and I don’t know if to compare the 2 patterns to see how different it is due to the age difference. Obviously …

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Tutorial.

The tutorial today was so useful. I’m always sceptical about tutorials because I’ve never really got much from them to be honest, probably stemming from the timing of them (being too close to a deadline) or my inability to notice my strengths and weaknesses. So first we completed a self assessment form and did a …

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Review.

After the lecture this morning I’m feeling a bit panicky. Although it was a generalisation, it was made pretty clear that most of the group didn’t have enough critical reflection – or even enough posts – and therefore couldn’t be graded that highly. I’m desperately reading back to think if it’s good enough. I was …

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Sleep cycle.

What Happens During Sleep? Sleep is restorative, yet it is an active state that affects both your physical and mental well-being. Sleep is prompted by natural cycles of activity in the brain and consists of two basic states: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which consists of Stages 1 through …

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Research.

I think these images are amazing. The impact is strong and sudden. They’re shot on a long exposure and monitors the movement during sleep. It seems very simple but it translate the message it set out to and I think the results are beautiful. http://designtaxi.com/news/355566/Fascinating-Long-Exposure-Pictures-Reveal-Movements-Of-Sleeping-Lovers/?interstital_shown=1 This is a visualisation of a second by second visualisation …

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Sleep Art.

So IBIS Hotels have created a robot that creates Sleep Art. It’s created by having motion sensors in the mattress and it tracks how you sleep, they’re heat sensitive, motion sensitive and can monitor sound.. This is then translated into rather beautiful art through some high tech stuff basically. http://www.gizmag.com/ibis-sleep-art/24344/ They even have an app …

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Condé Nast.

So today Condé Nast came in to do a session with us. The session wasn’t really what I was expecting, I think I was expecting them to talk about their work and what they do more and maybe teach us some tricks of the trade. But I think everyone felt a little unprepared when they …

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Inspiration pt. 234

Artist – The Sleep Design Album – All That Is Not Music Is Silence I found this album cover by chance whilst just browsing google images (as ya do). It just happens so that the band is called The Sleep Design, but I think this album cover is gorgeous. I like the overlap of colours …

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Random.

So in reality this has nothing to do with my project, kind of, it’s to do with sleep. But it reminds me of the thought process of someone who can’t sleep. Random things going round and round. It was commissioned by the tate online, completed by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries called The Art Of Sleep. I watched it …

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Possible progress.

Originally I wanted to look at sleep related to concentration levels, but after looking into it I think looking at depression related to sleep or how lack of sleep makes you act. So I brainstormed some ideas about the words and drew down some sketches of random things that I had thought of: Sleep movement …

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Laser Cutting.

I used to love laser cutting, and still do I guess. I did it a lot in 6th form and even foundation but to be honest I never really considered using it last year and I’m not sure why. Although the session was fun I’m not sure if I would use it for the project …

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Idea.

So after exploring the internet I had a small brainwave. I wish to emphasise the small. Previously I was thinking about what chemicals help us sleep but although that interests me I don’t think I could take that very far, and looking back as to what I’ve looked into I want to look how lack …

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Brick wall.

So I’ve begun collecting my own data but I’m slowly feeling very overwhelmed. I feel like there are so many paths to go down and i’m not really getting anywhere I’m just going round in massive circles without ever really getting to a conclusion. I don’t know if this is ok but with the deadline …

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L.A.T.C.H

How do the following relate to the design process and data visualisation? Location Comparing information from different sources. Alphabet Used for very large bodies of information. Not always the best organization method – forced organization rather than natural. Time Used for events that occur over a fixed duration. Easy to understand, easy to draw comparisons …

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Ideas.

So along with my sleep app, and the survey I had an idea, in a non creepy way, I was thinking of videoing my sleep. This is to compare my sleep patterns and cycle along side with how much I move or what I do in my sleep. I could also analyse what kind of …

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Collecting data.

So I’ve been struggling to find the kind of data that I want online. To be honest I haven’t looked in the library to see if there’s anything like that in there, so I still need to do that, it’s somewhere on my to do list.. Anyway, so after discussing my options with some people, …

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Charting.

I worked out the weights of some data about animals and how long they sleep for per day. I thought that I could scale the circles, relative to the weight of the animal and compare it to how long they sleep for a day to see if there’s any correlation. I put the table into …

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Sign writing.

Today we did sign writing and I feel like I’ve found a new obsession. The session was taken by Steve Millington, who showed us a snapshot of his work around Sheffield and showed us his book that’s coming out. To be honest, I think all this time I’ve taken sign writing for granted. It’s one …

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Basic data play.

So I found some basic data about how many hours different animals sleep for per day. I know I haven’t really looked into this aspect yet but I wanted to start playing around with some data. Just playing with excel to begin with. Species Average Total Sleep Time (hours/day) brown bat 19.9 python 18.0 owl …

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Sleep Cycle Diagrams.

Man sleep data is boring. I know it has to be informative and all sciencey, but all the diagrams are very rigid, all very similar with the same layout. I find these bar graphs quite hard to understand as they appeal more to people who already understand the stages. For example, what on earth is …

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Melatonin.

Sleep is regulated by exposure to light and dark. light stimulates nerve pathways from the retina to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This signal then goes to the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which send signals around the body that regulates hormones, body temperature and other functions in the body that awaken or send …

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Adenosine.

So looking into this chemical a bit, theres not much evidence behind it being competently linked to helping regulate sleep. As it’s come up in a few articles I’ve read I still read into it. Because it’s not such a known chemical that is known to be in the process, all the language is very …

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What makes you sleep?

You have an internal “body clock” that controls when you’re awake and when your body is ready for sleep. The body clock typically has a 24-hour repeating rhythm (called the circadian rhythm). Two processes interact to control this rhythm. The first is a pressure to sleep that builds with every hour that you’re awake. This …

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Insomnia stats.

Forty-eight percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night.* Women are 1.3 times more likely to report insomnia than men. People over age 65 are 1.5 times more likely to complain of insomnia than younger people. Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia. sourced: http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/insomnia/sleep-aids-and-insomnia Around 1 …

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Programming.

So these are my notes from the programming session. I was thinking about deleting them, but then.. I couldn’t really describe my experience. As someone who did A level maths I consider myself alright at it but this was like a whole different ball game and I came out of the session with a freshly …

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More charting.

Another quick exercise to get us thinking about how to visualise data. By doing it really quickly and using what is to hand is really useful because sometimes you can come up with quick yet effective ideas. I think this will come in useful later on when thinking of ideas/trying to experiment with different methods …

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Stefanie Posavec.

So the other day Stefanie Posavec came in to talk to us about her work. If I am honest I had never really heard of her before, probably through my ignorance more than anything. Anyway, I found the talk really interesting. I love hearing designers talk through the work, because sometimes when you see the end …

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Brendan Dawes.

This guy is incredible. I fell in love with his work when he did a Curated by… lecture last year – which included my favourite the happiness machine. But his infographics are incredible and beautiful. I saw them full size when they were they were in an exhibition at uni at the same time. The …

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Theme.

So I think after much thought I’m going to do something on sleep. As someone who suffers with insomnia the whole topic fascinates me. Things I thought I could look into: – How long do people sleep for/actually need to sleep for? – How does it affect mood? – How does it affect general health …

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Jessica Hagy.

Jessica Hagy is a designer that used simple charting and humour to get the point across. I like the simplicity of her work but how it works so easily. It’s easy to read and understands and plays and concepts already known and maybe what is known but no one is brave enough to say. They …

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Inspirations.

  Although some of these aren’t about the topics I have been thinking about I like the styles of them. And I’m back on the circles.. I think this works so effectively because it shows the emissions of countries relative to one another.  This was done by the Stanford Kay studios and I think it …

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Narrowing down a theme.

So I think I’ve narrowed it down to one, as I write this just thinking about it makes the most sense but I may as well talk you through all my ideas. Sleep, that thing no one can ever get enough of. I was just thinking about subjects within the general topic (starting with the obvious): – …

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Ideas and charting.

We started off in the seminar by trying to brainstorm some random ideas or things that we thought we could take forward and use as an actual idea. We also looked into drawing out some basic charts to get us in the mind set of visual representing the data and some fun and simple yet …

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Day 1: Briefing.

“Represent information or data in a creative visual form that expresses a narrative to an audience .”  Sounds easy right? But where the hell do you start? The beginning, right? That’s like saying where is the beginning of the sea. Always the daunting feeling when getting a brief, it’s easy to say dive in but …

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David McCandless.

In the module induction we watched the start of a David McCandless talk on TED, which shows him talking about the relationship between data and visuals. He talks about how information is nothing really without some kind of perspective. A number on a page will always look small, no matter how large the figure if …

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What is ‘taxonomy’?

A question that faced me in the module induction on Wednesday. First thing back from the summer and already I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe not the best start.. Back to the point. So what is taxonomy? If you first type this into good old fashion Google, a strange biological definition comes up. However, …

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Infographics.

Recently I collaborated with The Association of Ukrainians who produce a newspaper every fortnight with the latest news on what’s going on in both the community of Ukrainians in the UK, and in Ukraine. For this I had to produce some infographics in a spread about the presidential elections that were taking place. The client …

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