After collecting the information on e-waste and comprehending it I started doing some sketches of different ways to present the information I found interesting. Some of the sketches are shown in the images below.
Idea 1: I thought I could have a table with 5 old computers (see image below) and those machines will communicate the information I wanted. Each computer would represent 1 continent. It would have the total number of e-waste produced and Part of the screen could have a different colour which would represent the percentage of the e-waste that was recycled. I thought this wasn’t such a feasible ideas, because I wouldn’t be able to get the machines, and the information wouldn’t be the hero of the exhibit.
Idea 2: I thought about creating a 3d triangular life size bar chart to place outside the school, near the rotonda where there is a nice green area. The idea is to have triangles where the height represent the total e-waste produce by each continent. The point of having life size physical things is so that people could work through it, and once inside discover even more information about each continent, such as the amount of e-waste recycled, what type of e-waste was produced and how much it is produced by inhabitant.
Idea 3: To represent the same information in a different way, I thought about having real electronic cables colour coded connected to each other that showed a block of colour and that would represent the amount of e-waste produced by 1 continent. Moreover, I could create a real circuit and have some bulbs light up representing the amount of e-waste that is being recycled.
Idea 4: One of the main things I thought about was creating a geographic representation. This is a literal way of representing the amount of e-waste produced by each continent. However, I thought I could make it entertaining putting it on the floor and adding pop-up elements that allow the viewers to physically navigate around the map. This pop-up elements will be in a form of a location pin and it will contain the relevant information about each continent displayed in a graphic way.
Idea 5: When doing benchmarking I was inspired by the idea of using photography to communicate data, so I wanted to explore this. I thought I could create a piece of visualisation that could be repeated around campus to create a stronger impact. The idea was to photography people from different cultures, and each person would represent the continent where they come from. They would be photographs with open arms as if they are holding things creating a sort of human balance. The data will be presented in a more digestible way for the viewers as I started converting the amount of e-waste produced by inhabitant into objects that we normally use and then throw away. These people will be holding on one hand the amount of e-waste they produced represented in objects and on the other hand the amount of e-waste that was recycled based on what they produced. For instance, Asians produce 3.7kg/inh of e-waste in 2014, which means each person in china threw away the equivalent of 1 macbook pro, 3 iPads and 3 iPhones. However, out of this, only 2 iPads and 1 iPhone was recycled.
I took this idea forward and represented it like this around campus:
I thought this looked very interesting and easy to understand, but it would look much better if the figures were actually real size, so I though I would need a bigger place to put it, which lead me to the outside of the library where it would look something like this:
Although this is a literal way of presenting the information I think it is a way of humanising the data and making it more digestible and understandable for the public, they could easily relate to one of the people on the wall. Moreover, I thought that if I was going to have this images around different parts of the campus, it would be very interesting to represent the same data with the same people but different groups of objects. For example hair dryers and razors, others could be kitchen utensils, others small electronics, such as cameras and usb sticks, and so on to create a series of representations of the same information.