Hi, my name is Hannah Thompson. I interned at Elio Studio last summer and have come back to work on the Creative Data London Air Quality project having just graduated from the BA Design course at Goldsmiths College. My final year project is a data collecting project on the London underground and in train stations. I did this through drawing, film and collecting digital data to map the underground environment at commuter time.
I visualised this data to communicate the changes in temperature, carbon dioxide and sound that a commuter might experience. This is mapped on the Overground, Jubilee Line, Central Line, Northern Line at 5.30pm on a weekday. Temperature is indicated by colour, Carbon Dioxide by dots, and sound by the wiggly lines.
The reason I mapped carbon dioxide was to investigate how levels vary particularly at peak time, because high levels can cause sleepiness – something I commonly observed. I wanted to map levels with temperature to suggest a possible correlation and cause of feeling sleepy or groggy on the underground. I think this kind of data could be used to inform tube users of the environment they are going into, and could encourage people to make different decisions about their travel route.
The drawings I did aim to document and reflect an experience of people when moving through the underground and train stations. The details you might notice in a seconds glance on your journey. Someones hair, bag, their outline. In a way documenting the memory of passing through busy spaces.
My stand at Goldsmiths BA Design exhibition 2011.