As we are surrounded by smells everyday, we tend to neglect this particular sense very much. The industry of fragrance has also been expanding each year, we now find many different types of high-end and independent brands releasing their own fragrances. There are various ways to classify different fragrance families but probably only the industry knows about this.
Furthermore, the media had presented many perfume commercials, how do they actually market such an intangible element? Why are some adverts so weird? Do these advertisements we see have something in common?
Seeing Scent is an interactive data visualisation that explores the fragrance industry in three aspects - the growth of the industry, the different fragrance families and analysing perfume commercials.
To counter the social media hate speech issue due to the South Sudan's civil war, our course collaborated with r0g media agency to develop a data visualisation that explains overview of the hate speech happening online.
"#defyhatenow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aiming to strengthen the voices and support the actions of peace & youth oriented civil society organisations in South Sudan. #DefyHateNow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), Juba"
I found out that Hidden pages (page titles without the words "south sudan") that are managed by south sudanese are more active compared to the rest, therefore tasked myself to analyse and search for facebook pages that were slightly hidden.
Through analysing these active Facebook pages; usernames and user comments are collected as data to find the relation of these pages. Technical tools such as filtering and Keyword Highlighting are then designed to use in this analysis and parsed into a web interactive data visualisation.
The main objective I hope to deliver is that by looking at the comments on these Facebook pages, even though words like "peace" or "love" might be positive, users can manipulate such words and use it negatively as a hate speech. Vice versa for negative words, we should not immediately judge the hate speech perspective just through keywords.
"Throughout the course of time, rulers and politicians have imposed borders in order to control people's freedom of movement. These physical and ideological dividers delineate citizens by geography, nationality, faith, tribe or skin colour. Too often, disputes over these differences result in persecution, imprisonment, torture, mass killings and forced migration.This exhibition presents a collection of work that explores the impact on the lives of those who have been inexorably caught up in the battle for the control of borders and people."
- Vivienne Francis & Max Houghton
Civilian Fatalities from Alleged
Russian Air Strikes in Syria
As part of Beyond Borders, my lecturer John Fass assigned me an A1 data visualisation poster visualising the data collected by Airwars. By using gradient as a visual scale of deaths, and red circles as a signifiers for child deaths, this visualisation focused on revealing the number of child deaths in comparison to total deaths by air strike in Aleppo, Syria for a time-lapse of 6 months.