installation on trust and identity
WHAT IS THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL?
The Seattle Design Festival is an annual event that has two types of event: Partner Event and Block Party. Our team participated in the Block Party. People from the city and community are invited to participate and produce interactive installation. This years theme was on "Trust".
I teamed up with five other people and explored the concept of trust and identity in the workplace, and how it affects people's personal and professional identities. Through these interactive installations we hoped to see how people would express themselves.
We conducted two in person interviews to be able to understand and define trust and identity in the workplace. Using the interview, we were able to explore how trust plays a role in the workplace environment, and how co-workers interact with each other based on their personal and professional identities. To further our research we conducted two online surveys to gain a broader sense of how people self express themselves in the workplace. We also visited some museums in Seattle to take note of how children and adults interacted with exhibitions.
HOW MIGHT WE...
Promote self expression to better humanize coworkers to build trusting connection and community in the workplace?
We were aiming for our exhibition to not only be the center for passive viewing, but to initiate conversation between people as they read about other people's anonymous responses.
CHALLENGE NOTIONS OF IDENTITY
The main part of our exhibit should be the two identities that juxtapose each other (personal and professional).
As a team we came up with hundreds of ideas during the 6 months of planning and building. We started with building blocks to hanging cards from a canopy. However, we ultimately ended with our "bridging the gap" idea. This concept explores how we can understand two facets of identity.
PROTOTYPING | RENDERING
After landing with the concept of a bridge with hanging cards, we started to build prototypes cut of cardboard. Later, our co-leader, rendered a bridge using Fusion 360. This helped us visualize where the information would be placed and how the compositional layout would be structured.
We underestimated the time and the process it took to build a 10' x 10' x 12' installation. For some of us, this was our first tackling a construction project of this scale. However, we managed to succeed in the end. Some team members purchased materials so that we can construct and design the layout of the bridge and informational stands.
My biggest role in this project was to create one out of the two infographic stands. My infographic focused on "Trust in the workplace" while one of my team member focused on "Identity in the workplace". I pulled general statistics centered around individuals who work in major cities and created a data visualization strip that showcases a perspective on how people feel around their co-workers or bosses
Our installation was one of forty exhibition design at the Seattle Design Festival. There were three parts to our final design: two information stands with infographics and identity question prompts, and one communal identity bridge. Hundreds of viewers came to this event of all ages and backgrounds. This was an eventful moment where people can post their personal opinion and talk with people in the community about their thoughts.