Bianca Datta and I worked on the current debate over ‘cognitive enhancers.’ This topic offered a wide range of possible actions for those interested because the debate is both so broad and becoming more visible.
To navigate the space of options, we decided to think about how we could explore our capacities as humans with limited time and resources.
We decided to create an interactive bar chart that allowed a person to signal their general level of interest in pursuing any one type of contribution to the issue. This would (or is supposed to) in turn reshuffle the display of options available to be more in line with the reader’s interest and capacity.
The act of exploring the options not only means a little more thought into how one can ‘help’ but also serves as a survey tool for media outlets.
In the ideal situation, this would be a fully responsive page where information did actually shuffle according to specified preferences but as it stands, it currently lacks that last capability. It is easy enough, however, to gut the information and put in new information so it could possibly serve as a tool in future after some extra work and polish.
With regards to the type of options we left available for the reader, Bianca and I felt that three broad actions governed most abilities to contribute for any given reader. A reader could either spread the information to raise awareness and attention, participate in discussions which could lead to greater action, or donate to an organization that would act in their interests.
Here are some screenshots:
(Drag and release to increase or decrease dosage of action)
(Read about actionables from what was selected as most important to least important – in progress functionality)
Check is out at: http://um-viz.media.mit.edu/fonAction/index.html (slide bars for fun, then click ‘okay’ to see information)