Co-Design Processes and Partnerships Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Visualizing The Confluence of Human Innovation and Natural Forces

Yvette Shen, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Using design thinking and data visualization to explore the ecology of creative neighborhood development

This project intends to create a framework merging public engagement and data visualization to reveal the influence of forces – natural and human – on the cultivation of creative resilience.
Using Columbus Ohio’s Franklinton as a case study, the project goal is to leverage design thinking and data visualization for exploring the intersections of science, engineering, and public policy in terms of: geographic spatial distances (local-to-global); scale (small or large “aperture’); time (past, present, future); influence (ripple effects and influence); and collaboration (inside/outside disciplines and networks).

The visual creation aspect of the project consists of two parts. One is to explore various visual methods to generate designs and artworks with public available datasets and social network data. The goal of the visualization is to examine the temporal, spatial, and socio-economic distribution of opportunities and challenges in Franklinton. In addition to using public available data, this project will also set up a customized Geo-location based collector app for people to access on the Internet. Residents of Franklinton will take walk tours and document their observations using mobile technology. The media recordings with their location spots will be marked on the map. All uploaded media files will be stored in a database system. A crowdsource-driven “visual identity” of Franklinton will be created based on the quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

This project is to use innovative data-visualization and public engagement via technology to elicit, weave, and share the story of Franklinton in the face of environmental and economic challenges. The integration of technology, community development and the creative economy will provide new knowledge to the public via crowdsource platforms, art exhibitions, and panel discussions. The framework will allow the public to explore the ecology of creative neighborhood development with relevance to other evolving neighborhoods across the nation.