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Lucie Hernandez, Edwin Love

Crafting Data Stories

Lucie Hernandez & Edwin Love

Affiliation: University of West London

Keywords: Craft, Tangible, Data

Conference activity: Workshop/Demonstration Fri 11th July

Project summary:

This demonstration will deconstruct a recent piece of research exploring the possibility of making connections between physical, crafted artefacts and graphical data visualisations that are structured around digital information. The work investigates the design of tangible objects as a representation of data, a rendering in physical form. In order to establish whether technological forms may also be crafted. It questions whether the ‘crafting’ implied in the work occurred during the creation of the physical artifact. The tangible nature of the representation relates our experience of mediated communication to a crafted object. The notion of craft practice has expanded to include growing experimentation across media to create hybrid constructions. Craft techniques are now integrating with electronic & digital knowledge, tools and processes to suggest new directions and possibilities. Graphic and tangible pieces may be the product of more than one individual, the result of several skilled people that use their distributed skills to connect otherwise disparate ideas and skills. The work being explored is informed by digital and handmade making practices, emerging hybrid forms and computationally mediated worlds.


Goldsteijn, C. Van De Hoven, E. Frohlich, D, Sellen, A., 2013. Hybrid Crafting: Towards an Integrated Practice of Crafting with Physical and Digital Components. Personal & Ubiquitous Computing, Springer

McCandless, D., 2012. Information is Beautiful. Collins

McCullough, M., 1996. Abstracting Craft. MIT Press

A question that arises from your project: Can data be crafted in tangible forms to reveal stories or patterns and suggest a multi-sensory dimension?

Full paper

Hernandez, L. (2014). Crafting Data Stories. In K. Bunnell & J. Marshall (Eds.), All Makers Now: Craft Values in 21st Century Production, International Conference Proceedings, Autonomatic Research Group, Falmouth University, 10/11 July 2014 (pp. 59 – 63). Falmouth University, ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3