Ok, so I’ve just done my presentation and personally I think it went terribly. Never before have I done it and my nerves got the better of me, I basically ended up talking really fast about how much I like penguins but then again I did get across what I am trying to do and …


Some exciting stuff

A few days ago I emailed a number of people about gathering information on King and Emperor penguins, and guess who’s had a reply! It’s early days but basically I have had interest from someone who is willing to disclose some top secret data with me on population and feeding patterns… This stuff hasn’t even …


Pro Forma Problems

Because my research isn’t going to great right now I am struggling to continue working through my Pro Forma which is an absolute pain… On the upside, I have an answer to one question. What stories have to found so far? Well, I have found a penguin that is a Colonel-in-Chief! How impressive is that. …


Here’s to trying…

So, I’m having a miserable time trying to find information on what I want it on. I’ve been searching high and low for relevant data but as of yet no luck, this is really turning out to be harder than I imagined. I have found a paper titled ‘Use of at-seadistribution data to derive potential …


Counting Sheep/Counting Sleep

We were given a task in groups to find data on a subject. Our subject was ‘Sleeping patterns of a student’.

We began by going around the classroom and asking fellow students on an average night how many hours sleep they got, the data was recorded and then the ideas started to come. The group talked about what things represented sleep such as the letter ‘Z’, pillows and clouds but we settle on sheep as the best option, it’s more fun and we could have fun making them.

After buying two huge bags of cotton wool balls we got to work on making our sheep. Each total was worked out as a percentage and each sheep was made out of that many balls, e.g., 1%, 1 ball… The smallest was in fact 1 ball and the largest 70.





Originally we wanted to lay them outside on the grass as if they were in a field but this being England it hammered it down and had to resort to the grubby carpet in the hallway!


This was then made into a graph…


Group Work

This mini brief had a very restricted time frame and I think if I were to do it on my own the out come wouldn’t have been so inventive. I found that for a task such as this one working in a group speeded up the process. All of us contributed ideas and thoughts on the subject which meant that we had our idea relatively quickly and could set to work on getting the materials and graph made.


I need to look into how people have represented population data visually in poster for and perhaps interactive…   These examples are fun, modern and clear, all something that I want for my final design. They don’t overload you with information or words or colours.


Where to find relevant information? The World Wide Web Search engines Books Journals Penguin Research centres Penguin specialists Zoos (i use any excuse to go to the zoo) Documentaries Best get cracking…

Part Pro Forma

What topical areas are you interested in focusing on? I am really interested in looking into penguins and how there feeding patterns and population have changed due to climate change. I personally have had a great love for penguins from an early age and with global warming being a massive issue in current society around …


Information Graphics

I am in serious need of inspiration and cannot find any infographics on penguins but here’s a few I like the look of:     Found this website too, In sessions we have been shown a variety of different ways to map data. I really like the interactive ones especially the US gun deaths ( …


The Arduino





We then in our group had to gather data using the Arduino. We chose to adapt what we had to create a temperature sensor.

We measured the temperatures of everyone in the group and recorded them and made them into a graph using lego.