Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue.
The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users.
In the age of information saturation and overload, several news-aggregating websites and mobile applications cut through the noise by presenting the news landscape in a visually organized way. Newsmap draws on Google News’s constantly updated feeds and is arranged like a treemap (a hierarchical way of representing data that uses nested rectangles as an organizing element).
Whilst trawling through my Geomatics folder on my desktop I came across some of the group projects I worked on. Here was one that contributed towards my final year mark and degree.
Here is a short description of what the project entailed:
The principal objective of this paper was to advise the United Nations on how Geodetic Surveying, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (satellite imagery and mobile mapping capabilities) could be implemented into the response process to the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The research methodology adopted focused on what the goals of the United Nations personnel in D.R. Congo were, i.e. focusing on the mandate of the MONUC peacekeeping forces and the UNHCR personnel, whilst concentrating on possible real-life applications of spatial information. One of the main conclusions drawn is that satellite imagery, as opposed to airborne campaigns, offers far fewer logistical obstacles as organisations such as MapAction have the capability to capture and deliver images to MONUC forces in the ground within a relatively short amount of time. In short, there are many humanitarian and security issues to be addressed, there are many organisations whose expertise can be utilised, and there are a vast amount of applications and issues that can be met with the use of spatial information.
MapAction’s method of delivery and solution in aiding such a response to a humanitarian response is summed up in the image below: