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AUTHOR: Interior/Architectural Designer living in New York City. I’ve started this blog during my final semester as a graduate student at Pratt Institute at the influence of several themes within the design field that I believe can contribute to activism and awareness, not just within the LGBT community but in all communities to foster equality and acceptances for all. While it is initially a final project for an Architectural Theory class, my hope is that it will flourish into a space that can be used as an active archiving of the issues within the LGBT community.
BLOG: Harvey Milk had once said that “hope is never silent.” This was a clear call to arms for a community viewed by the general public at the time as sexual deviants to rally together for a broader social change of equality. Visibility, as exemplified by gay pride parades, marches, and rallies, became the preferred method of protest utilized by the LGBT community. Visibility is also the fuel for violence committed against LGBT persons. It is this concern of visibility that this project hopes to identify the relationship between LGBT visibility in the media and issues being addressed within the LGBT communities. In order to parse this correlation between the issues being discuss in the media and by LGBT persons, a series of mini-projects will be interweave within a website/blog to create the seed of a digital archive that could be retooled for further investigation.
CONCEPTUAL MODEL: John Tukey, considered to be the father of exploratory data analysis, believed in the discovery of the unexpected through pictures. In visualizing the data, only is information extracted quicker but often is an effective tool to tell the story behind the numbers. In a manner very similar to the oral tradition of storytelling, visualized data imparts the intent of the designer and the emotional impression of the designer. Visualized data, or infovis, does not necessary have a structured information, such as a subway map or a construction manual, but rather leads to the discovery of the structure within the data set. It is in this discovery of the information that awareness becomes a cognitive tool for activism. In his article, “What is Visualization?”, Lev Manovich states that information visualization relies on two key principles: reduction and spatial variable. The principle of reduction often parallels the mode of information extraction in infovis. Since data is obtain from a quantifiably large that is inherently unstructured, the mapping between the discrete data and the visual representation schematizes the data object to reveal a more cohesive pattern and structure. While schematization of data is an inevitable upset, the hope is that the remaining data reveal a significant discovery within project’s data. The second principle is the use of spatial variable. Manovich states that “ infovis privilages spatial dimensions over other visual dimension…we map the properties of our data that we are most interested in into topology and geometry. Other less important properties of the objects are represented through different visual dimension – tones, shading patterns, colors, or transparency of the graphical elements.” While Manovich also stated that the advent of technology has created information visualization that does not categorically fall within these two principles, such as direct visualization (ie. tag clouds), the primary focus within these first few projects focuses on the two key principles enumerated by Manovich.
1. Manovich, Lev. (Oct. 2010) “What is Visualization?” (Retrieve May. 6, 2012) http:// http://manovich.net/2010/10/25/new-article-what-is-visualization/.
2. Yau, Nathan. “Visualize This”. Indianapolis.Wiley.2011.