A bit about me
I'm a designer/developer from Calgary, Alberta, now teaching and practicing web design and development at the University of Lethbridge in the Department of New Media. I received my MFA in New Media from the UofL in 2014, where my thesis focused on the design of public interest information visualizations. The project that emerged was a design/science collaboration visualizing 60 years of climate data for localized regions across Alberta. The work was presented in a public exhibition at the James Foster Penny Building in May 2014 and a section of it has since been adapted into a web app.
For the past seven years, I have also worked with clients to develop brands, websites, and visual communication strategies. Current projects primarily involve creating web-based media that aim to engage the public with issues related to the environment, waste, and community.
2014 MFA New Media Thesis
Supervisor: Leanne Elias
This thesis is an analysis of the application of information visualization and design to wicked problems, a class of problems whose complexity, interconnectedness and fluctuation make them extremely difficult to resolve, and serves as a supporting document for my studio research and practice. In this paper, I identify challenges that emerge with information visualizations of wicked problems and describe methods for addressing these challenges through my practice-based research project. Using climate data provided by Dr. Stefan W. Kienzle, Associate Professor of Hydrology and GIS at the University of Lethbridge, my research project attempts to use information visualization to communicate the climate data by applying design strategies that explore the relationship between aesthetic and functionality.
Presented at the DRS Conference 2014, Umea, Sweden
Leanne Elias and Christine Clark
This paper uses the case study of Ecotone, a project that sought to bring disparate groups of people (artists, scientists, ranchers) together for shared discourse and potential action around agricultural environmental stress in southern Alberta, Canada.
We explore this project from the perspective of an artist and designer. We examine a framework that values space, time and the pairing of people from different disciplines to encourage meaningful collaboration and interaction. Environmentalism and climate change are divisive topics, particularly in Alberta where the controversial oil and gas industry has made it Canada's wealthiest province, resulting in both environmental indifference as well as extensive protests locally and from abroad. It is well acknowledged there is a need for better communication about the environment for real progress in protecting our resources to begin.
Ecotone begins this conversation by inviting artists and designers to respond to the science and pragmatic realities of land stewardship.