Video: Interface Design & Exhibition
Data visualization, user interface & interactions designed by me.
UI Development: Asst. Prof. Alan Price (The Ohio State University), assisted by Alice Grishchenko (MFA in Design)
UI developed in Unity game engine. Sketches: Adobe Illustrator & Tableau Desktop
Dataset taken from: Pax for Peace Organization
Zwijnenburg, W. & Kristine Pas, T. “Amidst the Debris, A Desktop Study on the Environmental and Public Health Impact of Syria’s Conflict.” Pax for Peace. N.p., Oct. 2015. Web.
User Interface Design
As part of my thesis research in the Ohio State University's Department of Design I conducted a practice based research to illuminate the environmental effects of the Syrian War. The research process involved 8 steps including preparatory work, technical background, defining the research scope, theoretical framework, research with data, creating prototypes, usability testing, and analysis.
First organization sketches
First of all I categorized the variables on the table and numerated every single element. That helps to prioritize the variable categorizations and the total number of list elements to deal with. All of them represent different type of elements and they are listed multiple times on the table. Therefore they are going to be displayed multiple times. However, rather then duplicating the category, I aim to display the connections by layering the information interactivity. Touchscreen will have a great role in this process.
Here is a chart version of the data that shows the quantification of each variable. http://www.databasic.io/en/wtfcsv/results/5824c7dde81767000a038ef5/sheets/0?submit=true
POPULATION DATA BETWEEN 2004 TO PRESENT
Unfortunately, finding the reliable population data is not possible. The last record of Census population data is from 2004. Ongoing war makes it hard to find all kinds of reliable data. But my main focus is on visualizing and communicating the data, while I try to find reliable resources, I admit that it is not possible to find all of them %100 true.
After organizing the table, simplifying, brainstorming, eliminating, and sketching processes helped me understand various ways to focus on the data. I learned to use Tableau information design software in order to display my data in various visual ways. Visualizing the data in a country map helped me to see the distribution of industrial sites, hazard risks and chemicals in cities. From there, I had an idea about the bigger picture. Hazards that cause the danger in multiple cities, or the most common environmental effects of danger and so forth. For example, Aleppo and Homs are the most damaged cities. Defense manufacturing sites are the most common hazardous sites, seen in 5 different cities.
To quantify the information, I generated different charts and infographics. Those graphics help to show the area and risk of damage. Therefore, I have a guide to consider the main focus and design choices. Initially I tried to simplify the data to make it more understandable to the end user, maybe more than it should be. Analysis helped me accept that the data is not simple, moreover the effects of the war are decidedly not simple. I realized that first of all I need to show how complex the effects truly are. Also, since I am working with a touchscreen for the first time, I have a chance to work with complexity in a different way. I want to push the limits and see how users react to it with the end point of using layering to show the pieces of information separately.
As a designer I aim to show a little piece of information about the war from the environmental point of view. The report I created along with the infographics show that war creates long term impacts outside of destroying nations and lands. In addition to catastrophic effects of destroying buildings and nations, war is used to damage the country using it’s own resources. Put simply, Syria’s largest industrial resources have become a danger for the population and environment.
Visualization Sketches & Drafts
Satellite Imagery Analysis Examples
Zwijnenburg, Wim, and Kristine Pas, Te. “Amidst the Debris, A Desktop Study on the Environmental and Public Health Impact of Syria’s Conflict.” Pax for Peace. N.p., Oct. 2015. Web
http://www.internal-displacement.org/globalreport2016/ (Spotlight Syria section)