Data Visualisation Rationale

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

The data set I’ve collected and demonstrated is consistent of my personal movement over the space of one week. It factors my location, mode of transportation, travelling time, distance, and cost.

With this data, my objective is to create a mobile application that visualises these elements, letting the user monitor their own movement, through an informative and digestible visual medium. As well as displaying geographical data, I’ve incorporated psychogeographical aspects (emotions & behaviors of geography). I intend to devise this app around economic, environmental and social components, these allow for a broader audience, aquainting to all types of lifestyles: recreationally based, economically aware, occupational and professional, healthy, and general also.

 

My primary body of design is made up of four diagrams presenting the above-mentioned factors, displaying the whole week’s data. A map shows my movement over the week, presenting my trails of which show frequency of travel and by which means of transport, apparent via colour and opacity. These diagrams are all displayed on a poster, as well as displaying particular days and specific transportation.

The application of this is put into ‘Flux’, meaning continuous movement, a lifestyle-monitoring app, incorporating social media, stemming into the realm of psychogeography.

Frame working my data set this way seems to have been an effective route to take, I feel the representation of my data, and the given context of my work effectively communicates information, and relates to an audience.

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App Poster

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I decided I’d also create a poster of dedicated to the diagrams, only slightly altering the layout to fit the page and format appropriately. I also thought it would be a good idea to show the individual days mapped out, as well as the individual transport methods totals over the week.

Click this link to see high quality poster PDF here where the colours are not corrupt.

App & Icon Sketches

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These are the initial sketches created showing the content, layout, and iconography of the app:

Sketch 3 Sketch 2 Sketch 1

Giving Meaning to My Data / App – Project Proposal 3.0

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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:

Motion

My Motion

Constant Motion

Dynamics

Shift

Flow

Flux

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.

 

ECONOMIC / SOCIAL / ENVIRONMENTAL

 

Features

– 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

 

Audience

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?’

Flux

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here I’ve created an advert like promo for the app, describing it’s function, capabilities, and features. Below that I’ve got the app mocked up on the new iPhone.

For some reason all of the colours have been affected by something, making them much more fluorescent and sickly than they’re meant to be, however I can’t change this… I think they’ve been converted from their native CMYK colour state to an RGB colour scheme.

App Promo advert

App Creation

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With my app design I wanted to go a minimalist route, using the same colour scheme as I’ve used throughout my design process thus far. A dark grey background will run fluently through out the app, as in all my other designs; this seems a logical thing to do, as well as it complimenting the design well. I will retain the same typeface as I have done with all my designs: Helvetica light, with a widened tracking. The app colour scheme is a basic white and grey, with dashes of my diagrams colour scheme: cyan, magenta, yellow and green. The layout comprises of the menu bar at the top of every screen, containing any relevant icons (depending on the page), separated by a white line which fades at the ends. This white line is used throughout the app at various lengths and fadings.

App Features:

top bar buttons (search etc.), swipe out menu, scroll down on friends/journal (with added fade)
Today / Data : buttons/icons/statistics > link to data – tap to add/remove data – pinch to zoom ___ Ability to turn on/off social marks (facebook/twitter/flux) to bring up the icons – with the journal button.

The days will only display the information relevant for that day, so if you didn’t cycle that day, there is no summary for cycling.
Map routes and data can be separated via the pressing of coloured buttons, representing modes of transport.

I created a better key for the diagrams, where you can instantly tell which colour corresponds to each mode of transport via the icons on the coloured buttons.

‘Buttons’ to switch on/off modes of transport on diagrams and maps

– ‘Simplify’ icon swtich to add/remove diagram details, allowing for pure design view over data view

Comparison:

The comparison feature can show you two days/weeks/months/friends, and gives you the ability to compare the data. For example, if you go to the ‘friends’ page, there’s a search icon, allowing you to search for specific people

Where there’s the availability to use one of the app’s features through another, the feature icon appears at the top left of the screen, predominaintly being ‘compare’ and ‘search’

Timeline:

Here’s a high quality PDF to view of my app screens

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The top menu bars + icons

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The swipe out menu used

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unused variations of the menu

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Variations of the time switch

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The ‘Today’ main screen, showing the ability to turn on/off specific routes/transports, as well as view the social journal entries

 

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Variations for the Time / Cost / Distance icons

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Layout variations of the social bubbles, displaying time and icon also

 

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The new icons representing each mode of transport, with a overall total number in the middle

App Icons

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when creating my icons I wanted them to be easily understood, simple, and retain a consistency throughout.

This is the icon set I’ve created for my app, A1=top left C5=3rd along, 5th down etc. :

A1: Data – represented as a bar chart (or my cost chart)
A2: Today – represented as a calendar
A3: Flux icon

B1: Journal (off) – represented as a book and pen
B2: Journal setting on – represented the same, but inverted
B4: Motor transport – represented as a car
B5: Cycle

C1: Timeline – represented as a clock with an arrow
C2: Search – represented as a magnifying glass
C3: Skateboard
C4: Skateboard v.2
C5: Walkling – represented by footsteps

D1: Profile
D2: Compare – represented as a set of scales

E1: Friends
E2: Back arrow

F2: Settings – represented as a cog

Bottom right cluster: social media icons – represented within a bubble icon

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