Visualize to Connect: How to Create Information Visualizations that Create an Emotional Connection between Your User and the Information View Digital Media
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session Mariel Garcia-Hernandez
Visualization of information plays an important role in the way we transmit and understand information, for example, during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, graphics were created trying to explain this reality that started from a statistical cut, without considering an emotional connection. The present work establishes this connection as a visualization communication objective, seeking to generate a deep and transcendental understanding. Through a perception test, 250 users were exposed to visualizations that contemplated design guidelines focused on generating this connection. As a result, it was observed that this purpose was viable, where the information that was represented was more significant and internalized by the user.
Black Pottery of Nizamabad, India: Native Indian Techniques for Transforming Red Clay Pots into Black Pottery View Digital Media
Situated in the northern part of India, Nizamabad is a small town from Azamgarh district in the State of Uttar Pradesh. The town has been enlisted to the Geographical Indications for black pottery. The practice of black pottery is common in many countries across the world. The Nizamabad black pottery has interesting characteristic features both in terms of style and techniques. The process and outcome of making, baking, and decorating a Nizamabad pot gives it a unique identifiable character. The black pottery of Nizamabad is decorated with linear patterns engraved on the surface and filled with silver colour that stands out boldly against the black backgrounds. These stylized, nature inspired shapes and patterns derived from the local environment give the clay ware a distinctive local identity. This research paper is an outcome of authentic data gathered during the field study in and around Nizamabad. The aim of this research was to study the methods and techniques of the craft and to explore the reasons that helped and caused the sustenance of black pottery to the present times. While the tradition of pottery is gradually diminishing from many old clusters, its active presence in a small district town intrigued the researchers to explore the reasons for its sustainability.
Post Occupancy Evaluation Through University Campuses: Case Studies of Two Large Academic Buildings View Digital Media
A post-occupancy evaluation (POE) analyzes the functionality and comfort of a building after it has been occupied. POE can determine the problems associated after the building operation phase. So, in a POE project, the essential aspects of a building that can affect occupants and their productivity will be evaluated. Higher education buildings such as university campuses with many buildings and users are noticeable cases for POE. By conducting POEs for university campuses and addressing related issues, some underlying problems such as Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Students Learning Experiences, Energy Consumption costs, and Community-Wide Impacts will be enhanced. This study conducted a POE project for two large academic buildings through a case study research method. By the primary data gathering method for this research - field survey- various variables such as temperature, relative humidity, CO2, airborne particulars, sound level, and light level were collected with data loggers in two main categories; spot and long-term measurements. The results show that most IEQ factors are at acceptable levels, but some of them, such as background sound, humidity, and light level, which can affect students' learning experience, should be improved. Additionally, solutions such as fluorescent bulb replacement, PV solar panels, and double glazing should be implemented to save resources for the university and reduce operational costs. These solutions can enhance building performance and reduce the negative environmental consequences and CO2 emissions. For example, fluorescent bulbs replacement can cut electricity consumption by nearly half, and the payback period will be less than four years.
Informational Design and the Promotion of Multiliteracy at School: Multimodal Resources in Portuguese Second Cycle Textbooks View Digital Media
This paper discusses the promotion of multiliteracy in educational artifacts from the perspective of Information Design. In the current social context of multiple languages and media, there is a dialogue about the emerging presence of multimodal resources in school environments. From this perspective, the objective is to identify which of these are most present in Portuguese school manuals for the Second Cycle, adoptable for 2022/2023. Likewise, we consider which characteristics contribute to the development of multiliteracy in children. The theoretical, interdisciplinary path between design and education is based on precepts about the modes of symbolization of graphic language (Twyman, 1982), social semiotics (Kress & Van Leeuwen, 2006) and multimodality in learning (Anstey & Bull, 2018). The exploratory research in the collected manuals made it possible to check the symbolic modes in 4.396 pages. The examples are a result of direct observation and description of the structural characteristics of the contents. The most present multimodal ecosystem, whether to represent process cycles, timelines, spatial or quantitative data, was the infographic. This, however, requires urgent investigations about its construction, analogue to digital relationship, and decoding with the target audience.
Discovering Areas for Improvement on Inclusion through Design: Taking Gardening as a Worthy Topic for People and Design View Digital Media
In recent years, after the pandemic, a new order of values is affecting different aspects of life, which is changing priorities and forcing us to rethink the way we live. Awareness about different issues that were partially forgotten and affect the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups, is raising: healthy activities, the enjoyment of nature and open spaces have acquired a new value that requires design attention. This paper introduces an academic experience of inclusive design, through an open project focused on making more accessible in a broad sense, the knowledge and the practice of gardening through design. We aim to contribute towards rising gardening as a good practice for people from all ages and capabilities; and to challenge the students to define their own brief and user's research methods, once they focused in a particular design project. Furthermore, from another perspective, these sort of projects may trigger good habits, contribute to increase the knowledge about caring nature, and reach more healthy environments. Both approaches are suitable to face the environmental crisis and the need of generating greater awareness about it. The results obtained show how Design can contribute to the knowledge, creativity and appreciation of nature in an active way. First, a theoretical framework is presented to establish the basis of the topic. Subsequently, an establishment of the materials and methods proposed. Finally, a brief description of some results is presented depicting design areas and details of the improvements obtained in terms of accessibility and inclusion.