MadLab Day Three
What did we do?
Today’s session began with Kathleen and I going over what we had done sicne our last meeting. Kathleen had compiled data from MadLab’s website into one excel and identified where the missing information was. From this she had also created an online survey to help us gather the missing information. In the absence of data I had worked on sketches for possible ways of communicating the data.
We then went over the questions in the survey, tested it on me and hammered out some of the nuances of the language and potential snags. Following this we began to explore the programs (Gelphi in particular) Dave had previously signposted that seemed to best suit the visuals developed by Dave/I. We then had chance to chat with Rachel, a director at MadLab about the project and find out more about the organisation as a whole. I really enjoyed chatting with Rachel as she gave us a broader overview of the organisation, it’s digital and physical space , plans for the future, and also what would be useful as data.
We then went on to meet with Dave, Kathleen and I whilst full of the possibilities of all sorts of more avenues to pursue as datasets, I think felt more confident in our current take on the project with our now better understanding of the organisation.
After some brief discussion with Dave reinforcing our initial plans to finalise the survey and use Gelphi to start initially finding relationships we then started getting stuck into the functionality of the software. After a productive hour of digging around various plugins and what you can do with the exported data we found ways to use Gelphi as a useful springboard towards developing what we actually want to create. So I’m now looking forward to getting stuck into working with JSON and the other programs to start realising the ideas we are having!
Anything that helped me gain insight into my role?
My ideal outcome for the project is to create an interesting way of communicating the data effectively using tools I wouldn’t access normally.
Whilst I’m not concerned overall about how we gather this data, what it is and who is going to be looking at it changes how I would design it. Rachel provided important insight here, as the nature of MadLab is inherently quirky the design (whilst not limited to this) would most likely be expected to be a bit off the wall.
So what are we doing next?
Kathleen is finalising the online survey which will be disseminated via Dave and Rachel’s networks.
We are all going to take a closer look at Gelphi and I’ll been creating some dummy data to explore ways of presenting it as it (hopefully) begins to arrive via email!