Ames Expressions



This is the result of research collaboration between two students at Iowa State University and myself.

I chose to use the metaphor "expressions" as a vehicle to draw connections between the 3 different data portraits that are being presented. Each portrait displays a data expression that is unique to Ames, Iowa.

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Tags:
Information Design; Processing; HTML/CSS; Data Visualization; Collaboration; Motion Design; Experience Design;

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Research Phase:


This phase included individual research about Ames, Iowa, and involved two google hangout interviews between CCS and ISU students. We then asked ISU to research specific data about Ames and we collected data about Detroit that they asked us to collect.

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Portrait 1: Pig to People Ratio



Data Collected:


ISU Student Iowa Expression "There are 3 times more pigs than people here!"


Insight Gained:


There was both a sense of pride and humor in this realization.


Collaboration:


There was friendly dialog between CCS and ISU but there wasn't any collaboration on final deliverables.




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Portrait 2: Chloe's Walk



Data Collected:


Ames Student gave me a hand drawn map from her house to campus along with a time lapsed video of her experience.


Insight Gained:


The environment is very different than my commute to CCS in Detroit.


Collaboration:


There was friendly dialog between CCS and ISU but there wasn't any collaboration on final deliverables.




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Portrait 3: Too Polite to Smile?



Data Collected:


Ames students administered a survey on my behalf collecting data and portraits of 50 participants. They were instructed to take a portrait after the survey was completed to challenge the stereotype that that everyone from Iowa is polite and nice.


Insight Gained:


2 people declined having their portrait taken and about 50% of both self identified males and females smiled when asked to take their photo.


Collaboration:


There was friendly dialog between CCS and ISU but there wasn't any collaboration on final deliverables, however the research was fairly intensive on behalf of the ISU students. <3


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Lessons Learned:


This project was only a couple weeks long and required dedication and trust from individuals that we had both just met. It was a great project and within a few short weeks I was able to absorb a lot of information about the culture and daily life in Ames, IA. In my mind it was a successful collaboration.