Posts filed under ‘Visualization’

Chilenos en Papel: Giving Back to People in a Visual Way

Blog 13_Chilenos en papelPIC: Alejandro Blanco

Not long ago DFSI showcased the work of Saul Flores in his visual work “Footprints: the Walk of Immigrants”. This time, I came across a great project from photographer Alejandro Blanco and psychologist Catalina Correa : “Chilenos en Papel“. This ambitious visual project seeks to recover the cultural patrimony related with the social capital of Chileans and their traditions. One of the most interesting things is their idea of “giving back” to the community. This is not that usual for our tradition in Anthropology, but with the technological advances in photography, processes have become more affordable and democratic…and this project embraces that. Here is what they write:

Alejandro Blanco, photographer
Catalina Correa, psychologist
IDEAME Fundraising URL
We all love watching pictures that bring us memories of important moments or people that have been meaningful in our lives. But people living in remote or (more…)


March 14, 2013 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Footprints: Visual Anthropology and Design meet in the work of Saul Flores

Image: Saul Flores
I recently came across Saul Flores as we are part of  NC State University, in the States. His photographic work [more like visual anthro to me] on “The Walk of the Immigrants” has already been publicized by various places such as TED[x]  , NPR and others. But which is the real reason I wanted to mention this project in this humble blog? Because we love to showcase projects that are real an this one is not meaning to do more than provide a window for a personal journey on immigration [and the big walk his own family did]. It’s not a needless fancy project by a huge NGO and is not claiming a “Saving the World” motto, but it is more related to what we have talked on the blog on collaboration and multivocality in the realm of design and anthropology. Here is what Saul writes…

Saul Flores , photographer [BA in Design and Business, NCSU]
Kickstarter Fundraising URL

“Over the past few years I have dedicated most of my time and energy into a project called the Walk of the Immigrants. The project itself started when I was a Junior at North Carolina State University trying to find a clearer path towards cultural understanding between our communities. As tension rose for Latin America, and for my family, I felt that there was a middle path that needed to be explored to best remind people of the commonalities that we have as one larger community. The solution that I found were photographs.
Press the image to watch Saul Flores’ Video on Kickstarter

As a result, I began an image-based narrative that (more…)

October 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm 1 comment

Public Data Explorer Google- Open public data for decision making

PIC: Image from Google Public Data Explorer.

There is already a lot of research in the social sciences [statistical orientation] that yields raw data for further analysis and decision making. Thanks to the exponential growth of the Internet, there is plenty of this data available for us, simple mortals, to use for answering our own research questions. This type of data has also the potential to be used for decision making in the realm of public policies. In a previous post, we had talked about Hans Rosling and his “Gapminder” , an interactive tool for statistical data exploration [structured data]. Today, I would like to put upfront the example of the Public Data Explorer from Google. Not too late ago, Google bought “Trendalyzer”, a data analysis tool from Gapminder and made this tool even more public. Ola Rosling, Hans’ son, talks about the tool in the following video:

But not only that, the abilities of this new “Public Data Explorer” allows common individuals to explore easily large public data sets [coming from: UN, OECD, WORLD BANK, ETC] by giving them as a default, tools to visualize and communicate this information interactively. Data becomes more accessible and universal. Give it a try.

October 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm 1 comment

Cell Phones- the real democratization of photography

Photo: Gare à Nouadhibu, Mauritania (CMiranda)
We’ve debated longly about the penetration of cell phones in all the World, and how they have the potential of being a mean for information, education or to achieve other intentions towards development. (See posts: Democratic Cell Phones and Third World Generalizations and Designing for ubiquity-mobile apps for social innovation )

Photo: Legueila Oasis, Mauritania 

In this short post I’d like to point out what I’ve experienced here in Africa, which is very similar to what happens to us in Chile. I remember my old days a a Design student where we had to “develop the film” and use photo-rolls. Just a very expensive enterprise. With the digital cameras, that has turned into an experience “from the past”. It happens to me often that I am taking pictures of people (here in Africa) and sending them to (if they have) their e-mails. Sometimes even showing the picture taken for some is enough. (if you come to Africa be careful to just promise that you’ll send a picture if you will do so for sure) 

But it is not so cheap or easy to get a digital camera in markets that do not produce them (like the US or Asia). It might be cheaper than before, but not accessible as we would love to.
In his book, “The World is Flat”, (2005) Thomas L.Friedman mentions a case where HP started a public private project with Andhra Pradesh in India. “You cannot design this stuff in Palo Alto; you have to cocreate with the user-customer beneficiary.”, he says. After collaborative instances with the community; (more…)

June 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Tim Berners Lee- Democratizing raw data to tackle social issues

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Tim Berners-Lee
, the creator of the World Wide Web, in his 2009 TED talk called ON THE NEXT WEB, indicated that opening data to ordinary people might be the answer to major problems we face in society, such as health or economy. He was referring to liberating linked “raw” data collected by governments, scientists and communities. The major claim he does is:

“Open your raw data now”

[read it thinking on the John Lennon’s song “Power to the People”]
On 2010, he gave another TED talk: THE YEAR THE DATA WENT WORLDWIDE, but this time; he showed what individuals did with that disseminated raw data. The examples he showed had to do with individuals picking up that (more…)

May 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm 2 comments

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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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