Ceri Riley and Val Healy
For our data sculpture, we decided to make a beaded curtain to visualize data on percentage of cattle affected by drought in the past year. Our goal was to design a data-centric piece of home decor that will showcase this data, while also acting as an attractive decoration. Our audience is anyone looking to incorporate data-driven design into their home space.
To decrease the number of strands and beads we needed, we first modified the data by averaging the values of the total percentage of cattle affected by drought for each month in the graph. We rounded these values to zero decimal places. These values translate to the percentage of red beads placed on the bottom of the strand, as shown in the table below. One flawed outcome of this method is that the first and final strands represent less than a full month’s worth of data, as we made the curtain in the middle of this month, and our data set only includes data from the past year.
To design the curtain itself, we researched typical dimensions of pony beads and settled on using 300 beads per strand; thus, three beads would represent one percent, and we would need 3900 beads in total. The number of each type of bead on each strand is listed in the table below.
Lastly, we decided to use red beads to represent the drought data due to the color’s association with danger, fire, and generally bad things. We chose to use blue beads to represent the percentage of cattle not affected by drought due to the color’s association with water and generally good things.
(picture coming soon)
|Date||Percentage||red beads||blue beads|
|drought beads||“empty” beads|