CSUSM Temperature and Sensitivity Mapping

CSUSM Temperature and Sensitivity Mapping

Student Artist: Ling Xu
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Focus: Experiences of Temperatures at CSUSM
Data Sources: Student Experiences Questionnaire at CSUSM; Managing Indoor Air Quality by H. E. Burroughs, Shirley J. Hansen
Media: cups, paperboard, graphic printout, thermometer

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CSUSM Temperature and Sensitivity Mapping examines both temperature and comfort levels across campus, looking at how one impacts the other. The primary data comes from the Student Experiences Questionnaire. Beans represent different moods in the data translation process.

I started this project at the beginning of this semester. In the first assignment, I collected data about the use of the air conditioner at my home. After finishing the first assignment, I tried to find the most comfortable air conditioner temperature setting on campus. I collected data about the room temperatures in different buildings and students’ moods in relation to them.

Then, I created a map to show all of this data. By clicking the button, the audience can easily read my data. The button attracts the attention of the audience. Then, through the data translation process, I put beans into cups. The colors of the beans represent the students’ moods while they were completing the assigned task. In the final version, I combined all these ideas and added an interaction installation. The audience is able to put the beans into the cups on their own in order to illustrate their feelings while completing the task.