Giving Meaning to My Data / App – Project Proposal 3.0

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

The theme for this project is movement and transport, specifically my own movement and the modes of transportation used. I’ve gathered information and statistical data using a mobile app called ‘Moves’ which has been tracking my movements over the period of 2 months, gaining such data including distance travelled, time spent travelling, calories burnt doing so, and steps taken, via different methods (where applicable). As well as this, I’ve created an online survey asking questions about peoples movement, and the cost of doing so. I’m practically playing to my strengths as I’m utilising data that I’d already began collecting, as well as this being an area I was generally interested in. The context for this project is mainly looking upon my personal movements over different time frames. I would like to show a narrative of my own movements, which are dictated by the availability of transport to my destinations, in confluence with flexibility, efficiency and cost. I believe I have an extensive amount of data of which is quite flexible, allowing me to experiment in various ways, gaining a range of interesting results. I would consider the data I’ve collected to be intellectually lightweight due to the technological assistance, but it’s what I do with this data that will prove the challenge. The audience for this project is primarily myself, however from the results collected from my survey, it would appear I have an audience of both male & females, of whom are in the age band of 18 to 25 (predominantly).

With my data set, consistent of personal movement, I initially found it quite difficult to contextualise it to something, mainly due to the fact that this data is totally made up of my own individual movement. I didn’t really understand how tracking my own physical motion across distances could actually be related to anyone else, though I eventually realised that this data set could be applied to any one individual that wanted to gain the same outcome as I did, which was a journal of my moving habits, which gave me an insight into my own lifestyle, through a combination of choices, habits and commitments.

Name ideas:


My Motion

Constant Motion





The action or process of flowing or flowing out”

“a flowing or flow”

“a continued flow”

“continuous change, passage, or movement” – is the flow of a physical property in space, frequently also with time variation

On app show a single day with all the details: emotions, reasons, etc,

The App

Name: Flux


Flux: “continuous change, passage, or movement

I’ve chosen this name as I feel it fits the characteristics of the app appropriately, as well as it sounding very fresh and intriguing. It’s a nice, short and snappy name, which I feel I can create a nice logo for also. The other names I had to offer I felt were maybe a little too generic.


What does it do?

The flux app monitors a users’ movement, displaying visual data of their tracked motion through a variety of visual diagrams. These diagrams will display method of transportation, distance travelled via each mode, time spent travelling via them, the cost of travel, and a map based diagram displaying exact movement routes via their phone’s GPS, accompanied by a visualisation of most travelled transport method. The app allows for the user to gain an insight into their economic, environmental and social factors in their life, allowing for their lifestyle to be monitored and graphically displayed in an in depth yet digestible format. Through the apps ability to give this information, it can be suited to all types of lifestyles, recreational/hobby based, sporty, environmentally conscious, economically aware, occupational, professional, healthy lifestyles, as well as the general; people who simply want to become aware of their lifestyle, to see where they fit, be that a common, or more niche manner of living. This app will allow for the user to pick up on their own lifestyle trends, trends they may never have even thought about; theirs also the possibility that it could alert them of unhealthy lifestyle trends and habits, giving them the realization they should pursue a more active way of living.





– Ability to create notes through the day (like a diary) > Psychogeography: reasons for travelling route, how you’re feeling, weather

– On / Off map (pretty design) – detail vs. Beauty

– Share with social media:

– Interlink with ^^, e.g. take photo with instagram, adds it to the map of your movement, Twitter, Facebook, Google + status locations

– Choose specific days / weeks / months to view + specific specific methods of transport

– compare with friends



Primary audience is young adults aged between 18 and 24 (based upon my survey results), who want to observe and monitor their lifestyle activity

With my set of personal data

Geographical / Psycogeography / lifestyle – sport /

Theme: lifestyle activity

Who : me, though the audience would be focused on young adults aged between 18 and 24 (based on my survey results) who wish to observe their lifestyle activity,

What : monitoring of movement via different modes of transport

When : data from 24th August until 22nd October

Where : everywhere I have travelled

Why : to monitor my own lifestyle activity, observing economic, social and environmental factors. People can gain an understanding of why they travel the ways they do, and if they can change their habits to be more healthy.

How : using ‘Moves’ app, then transcribing the data collected onto a spreadsheet, creating visualisations with that.

People can gain an understanding into their own lifestyle activity, making them question ‘why?’


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