Empathy hat: Wearing your heart on your head

Since October I’ve been preoccupied with thinking about empathy, how to facilitate it between people and how to express it especially in digital environments. The idea for an ‘empathy hat’ was born after a discussion with a colleague in Project CEDE (Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy) about how comfortable people would be to show how…

Glasgow smell map by Kate McLean

Dirty city – Podcast with Global Lab

Smells, dust and pollution is discussed in the Global Lab podcast on Dirty City. For the podcast I interviewed a researcher and artist Kate McLean about her work on mapping smells in urban environments. Kate has conducted smell walks and mapped smells all around the world from Singapore to Glasgow, and creates beautiful and innovative visual…

Emotion and sound levels during a walk across London

Sound and the city: Analysing emotions and sound in London

For a long time scientists and artists have been interested in the lived urban experience and how the urban environment exerts influence on the emotions, behaviours and wellbeing of people. The methods of investigation have ranged from poetry and visual arts to psychological experiments and epidemiological studies, all of which have aimed to understand how…

Visual Marathon – Visualising London Marathon 2015

A few weeks ago the Visual Marathon – London Marathon 2015 data visualisation group project for the MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (CASA, UCL) got completed. The team (Aditya, Jeff, Heidi and I) created individual 2D and 3D visualisations with data about London Marathon. Here’s the final video pulling together all the individual visualisations. My…

Visualising London Marathon (part 2)

Finally the animation of the runners along the London Marathon route is working, and it took endless versions and data animation approaches to get to this stage. This is the raw version that just shows the runners going at their own speeds (data from the 2014 results), and the final one with bells and whistles…

London Marathon Runners 2014

Visualising London Marathon (Part 1)

We have now started the group visualisation projects at the Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation MRes course (CASA, UCL), and I was lucky to be put in a team with three excellent people – Heidi, Jeff and Aditya. The overall theme for the visualisation project is ‘Day in the life of…’ and we chose to focus…