Data Objects enable people to access and make sense of information by physically encoding data into the form and function of objects. This Speculative Design approach was developed with Ricardo Sosa at AUT with the intention of being used in Design Activism to generate meaningful dialogue.
#1 Data Tables
In this case study, the dual function of a “table” as “a set of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns” and “a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface” is playfully intertwined to create a series of physical data tables. These everyday tables enable different user groups to experience and explore the meanings and consequences of the data sets.
#2 Too Many Cooks?
Too Many Cooks? is a gallery installation where the relation between people and change are explored and interrogated through Data Objects. The objects presented in the gallery were designed with data from a Belgium-wide city census aiming to understand how cities are performing in the eyes of citizens. They describe how residents experience participation in city decision making. The objects are intended to help residents and city councillors understand participation and change in the cities of Hasselt and Genk. The installation will be part of the Participatory Design Conference 2018 and will be on display at Galley Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium, from August to December 2018.