So hey, there are only a couple of you, but I thought I’d let you know, that this isn’t my actual personal tumblr! I set this one up for a school project a while ago before I had a personal blog, and so this is still the defualt. So I sometimes accidentally re-blog stuff t here, bot otherwise it’s just going to be boring old uni work!
My point? I’m deleting this one soon when I get the nerve to trash my old assignment, and i don’t want to lose all of you!
If you’d like to check out my personal blog, head on over to http://www.tumblr.com/blog/shesamagicalmystery
It’s not much, but it’s my real home! thanks!
Hiding the rappers from a box of chocolate roses in the box so it looks like there’s still some left and you didn’t just eat half the box.
Oh wow I got up earlier to audio record my brother singing in the next room, but he stopped so I forgot to turn the recording off and now I have a 10 minute recording of me eating chocolate and blogging.
I HEAR THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE
Background: Throughout my research into the field of data visualisation, I found that is an all encompassing area of design, that can be applied to many different topics, and in many different styles of execution. However,of all the many data visualisations I came across, the ones I found were the best at communicating information that would otherwise have been indecipherable, were the designs that focussed on topics that people already didn’t understand in their everyday lives.
Like the Billion Dollar Gram or the Kitchen Conversion chart I have as examples below, the designers of their data visualisations took relatively simple ideas - Amounts of money and measurements, that the average joe might not have properly understood beforehand, and presented in a may that was instantly understandable, with very little explanation.
Objective: For the assessment task, I wanted to replicate this idea, by taking a part of my and others everyday lives that we didn’t fully understand, and that would, in seeing the design, help them understand, and inform them to make decision they didn’t know how to make before. As the ACT Election is coming up, and after months of being bombarded with countless media reports, advertising and other marketing messages from the many candidates up for office, I personally still had very little idea of who had promised what, who the people were, and how I felt about this, and I was sure others felt the same. This is also a subject that would provide a wealth of data, due to it’s governmental importance. In developing a data visualisation based on data leading up to the election, I hope to ‘decipher’ the many messages Canberra’s have been subjected to, and get to the raw facts behind each of the leading candidates promises.
For the assessment task, I aim to develop a set of simple, easy-to-read and understand visualisations, that will inform Canberra residents of the key areas of the various candidates election promises, and how this will effect them. From budgeting comparisons, to the makeup of the many parties readers will be able to make their voting discussions based on unbiased clear and simple facts, and not media spin.
Data sources: In order to provide an equally unbalanced and un-biased account, I will gather data from a variety of sources, from the politician’s own websites, to local public opinion and news sources, such as The Riot ACT, The Chronicle and Valley Voice Newspapers, as well as external official sources, including Elections ACT and ABC Canberra, The Canberra Times, and the ACT Legislative Assembly.