Adventures in data visualization is a summer workshop dedicated to explorations into the field of data visualization by means of computational design approaches and technologies. The 2017 workshop explored VR visualizations.
Co-tutoring the workshop with a focus on ideation and design.
Since 2014 the Master of Interaction Design at SUPSI organises intensive summer workshops dedicated to explorations into the field of data visualization using computational design approaches and technologies.
In 2017, I co-tutored a special edition of the workshop dedicated to the exploration of VR visualisations. Together with a fantastic team of tutors and coordinators, I guided the workshop participants to create data-driven experiences.
The workshop focuses on the opportunities for leveraging the power of using Open Data for creative projects. Participants were provided with the OASI repository –the platform of the Environmental Data Lab of Canton Ticino– and introduced to its ecosystem of values and resources.
By accessing and manipulating open datasets, the participants design and develop projects that make raw data perceivable through virtual reality experiences. The workshop offered an opportunity to reimagine data visualizations in VR to create new and novel user experiences.
My role changed according to the phase of the workshop and stages of the projects. Together with Fabio Franchino, I was responsible for the structure and content of the workshop. I have run an ideation session with participants and actively supported some participants with creating designs. During the workshop, both tutors and coordinators collaborate closely together to create a fun and challenging environment and give the best support to participants.
In groups and individually, the participants created 5 VR prototypes that explored different datasets.
We wrapped up the intense & fun four days with an exhibition at the charming lake of Lugano. Guests and curious passers-by could explore the projects and engage with participants. Visitors reactions were satisfying!