|The use of physical representations to facilitate communication, analysis, teaching, and research is as old as humanity (the Sumerians used clay tokens to represent data more than 7000 years ago). However, it is only in the past decade that Data Physicalization is being discussed as a dedicated form of research and design practice primarily concerned with the design of physical artefacts “whose geometry or material properties encode data” to facilitate sense-making and communication. While for visualization, as the dominant form of data representation, and, to a lesser extent, sonification, principles and taxonomies exist to guide designers, the equivalent design vocabulary has yet to be established for Data Physicalization. The aim of this workshop is to draw together practitioners and researchers from various design disciplines in order to explore a potential physical design language for Data Physicalization. Through a series of hands-on data physicalization activities, workshop participants will get a first-hand experience thinking through data in a physical way while actively exploring and discussing their process of mapping data to physical artefacts along a given framework spanned by physical properties and interaction mechanisms.|
This full-day workshop will consist of three parts:
1 - Introductory Talks.
We will provide a brief overview of the state-of-the-art and key concepts of physicalization, including current frameworks and theory for design of Data Physicalization. Following this, each participant will introduce themselves and their interest in the topic in a Pecha Kucha-like format . We will then introduce the physicalization design activities planned in the following session, allowing participants to think about possible designs over the coffee break.
2 - Designing Physicalizations.
Participants will work in small groups to design and build a physicalization based on a given set of data, a usage scenario, and materials. As part of this, participants will explore and experience the interplay between the data semantics, metaphor, analogue materials (e.g., paper/cardboard, plasticine, LEGO), and design goals, i.e., and the intended usage scenario for the physicalization. The outcome of this part of the workshop will be a number of different physicalization designs created by participants that they will present to each other.
3 - Reflection & Discussion.
In a participant-driven discussion, we will reflect participants’ physicalization process. The discussion will be structured into questions of data encoding and how this is enabled by particular materials, how the physical properties of the physicalizations promote interaction, data exploration and reflection, and how a formalized design vocabulary, in order to facilitate design practice and teaching, could look like.
While participation in this workshop is open to any delegate who has registered for the DRS’18 conference, we have a limit of 20 available. To reserve a place on the workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 18th June 2018. When booking a place please include the following information in the email:
June 18, 2018 Booking Deadline
June 25, 2018 Workshop
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