Data Blocks

Physical Visualization / Tangible User Interface

A tabletop data visualization project that uses interactive data artefacts to both represent data and function as a tangible user interface. It creates a kind of war room table for users to work with their hands and collaborate and creates a way to explore complex data sets that is cognitively and socially very different from sitting behind a computer screen.

A pilot study was conducted with industry partner staff using low fidelity blocks made from lego to test two different block interfaces.

Made with real Toronto radio audience data, lego, Arduino, Processing, Adobe Illustrator