Presentation Title

Me in Lights

Presenter Information

Alanna TseFollow

Faculty Mentor

jmiller@csusm.edu, lsolomon@csusm.edu

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

134

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

My visualization piece embeds data in a graphic poster and is based on my data collection of my personal consumption of energy through the daily use of lights. I wanted to see how much light I really use on a day-to-day basis, and how much energy I take away from the planet. I wanted to determine whether I need to improve on doing my part for the future of the environment and conserve energy by turning off more lights in my home. In order to complete my research and observations I required a timer to keep track of how long I left each light on in each location where I was. I observed that, during the day, sunlight in the kitchen was a different source of lighting than electricity-powered lighting. For my project, I determined that I needed to keep track of the duration of each light that was left on. I used timers on my phone and additional tabletop timers to see how long I had left each light on. For my method, I recorded all my data in a notebook and then converted the data into a line chart in order to visualize how long I really kept the lights on. The resulting visual reveals just how long I left each light on in each location and, related to this, how often I was home. I not only learned about my light consumption through collecting and charting this data; I also learned about my patterns of behavior. I always thought I was never home, but this data shows that I am home more often than I thought. This project reveals how datasets, information based on one’s own patterns, can be viewed as both information and a self-portrait, because the data visualization also presents an image of my habits and what I need to do in order to help conserve energy.

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Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM Nov 23rd, 11:30 AM

Me in Lights

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My visualization piece embeds data in a graphic poster and is based on my data collection of my personal consumption of energy through the daily use of lights. I wanted to see how much light I really use on a day-to-day basis, and how much energy I take away from the planet. I wanted to determine whether I need to improve on doing my part for the future of the environment and conserve energy by turning off more lights in my home. In order to complete my research and observations I required a timer to keep track of how long I left each light on in each location where I was. I observed that, during the day, sunlight in the kitchen was a different source of lighting than electricity-powered lighting. For my project, I determined that I needed to keep track of the duration of each light that was left on. I used timers on my phone and additional tabletop timers to see how long I had left each light on. For my method, I recorded all my data in a notebook and then converted the data into a line chart in order to visualize how long I really kept the lights on. The resulting visual reveals just how long I left each light on in each location and, related to this, how often I was home. I not only learned about my light consumption through collecting and charting this data; I also learned about my patterns of behavior. I always thought I was never home, but this data shows that I am home more often than I thought. This project reveals how datasets, information based on one’s own patterns, can be viewed as both information and a self-portrait, because the data visualization also presents an image of my habits and what I need to do in order to help conserve energy.