Data Physicalization Artifact Showcase: Inclusive Information Services for Diverse Populations
Symposium on Information for Social Good – April 14, 2021
Each data physicalization artifact and contains a video and Spark page that details the making process and rationale governing each piece. For more context, please refer to the assignment. Artifacts center on a range of topics such as gender representation in LGBTQ+ YA novels, textbook prices and food insecurity, and restorative justice.
This project is a reflective design challenge: how can we punctuate the familiarity and ordinariness of a book? This project was inspired by Hancock et al.’s term, bibliocircuitry: the use of “physical books as platforms for experimenting with computation” (78). Students both disrupted and extended dominant narratives around maker culture through the creation of a book artifact that tells a (counter)story. Specifically, each artifact has the following features:
A clear focus on a maker (broadly defined as it should be)
The artifact either tells a story, displays a scene, captures a feeling, etc. Students were encouraged to be as literal or figurative as they’d like.
The thoughtful and intentional integration of at least 3 of the following technologies: 3D printing, laser cutting, augmented reality, paper crafts, circuits, micro-controllers.
Students were encouraged to incorporate previous skills to count for one of the technologies used in this project.
Over the course of several weeks, students from Maggie Melo’s INLS 690: Information Professionals in the Makerspace course used their newly learned technical skills (e.g. laser cutting, 3D printing, augmented reality, etc.) to transform books into new, tech-infused stories. They showcased their work at “Old Books, New Stories: Storytelling with Tech-Infused Books” on Oct. 16, 2019 in Wilson Library. Photo credit: Katherine Perales
The UA Women’s Hackathon (formerly known as the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon) is an annual hackathon for women and non-gender binary participants. It is the first hackathon of its kind in the Southwest. These photographs were taken between 2015 and 2019.