Mapping the Margins

- Visualizing Complexities

 

THE OBJECTIVE

To visualize the various structures and policies which reinforce violence against women of color, because of their lack of intersectionality.

THE OUTCOME

A series of interactive maps communicating the various ways violence against women intersect with their multiple overlapping identities, derived from the essay, "Mapping the Margins"  by Kimberle Crenshaw. 

 

 

 

Mapping the Margins

- Visualizing Complexities

 

THE OBJECTIVE

To visualize the various structures and policies which reinforce violence against women of color, because of their lack of intersectionality.

THE OUTCOME

A series of interactive maps communicating the various ways violence against women intersect with their multiple overlapping identities, derived from the essay, "Mapping the Margins"  by Kimberle Crenshaw. 

 

 

 

Mapping the Margins

- Visualizing Complexities

 

THE OBJECTIVE

To visualize the various structures and policies which reinforce violence against women of color, because of their lack of intersectionality.

THE OUTCOME

A series of interactive maps communicating the various ways violence against women intersect with their multiple overlapping identities, derived from the essay, "Mapping the Margins"  by Kimberle Crenshaw. 

 

 

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WHY INTERSECTIONALITY?

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations, regarded as creating overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage. I first became interested in the concept when I began thinking about how an individual's circumstances lead to their outcomes. After digging, I finally came across Kimberle Crenshaw's work, and felt like I had struck gold! 

I chose to visualize intersectionality in a way that makes complexities visible, but also accessible to promote a deeper understanding.


 

 WHY INTERSECTIONALITY?

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations, regarded as creating overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage. I first became interested in the concept when I began thinking about how an individual's circumstances lead to their outcomes. After digging, I finally came across Kimberle Crenshaw's work, and felt like I had struck gold! 

I chose to visualize intersectionality in a way that makes complexities visible, but also accessible to promote a deeper understanding.


WHY INTERSECTIONALITY?

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations, regarded as creating overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage. I first became interested in the concept when I began thinking about how an individual's circumstances lead to their outcomes. After digging, I finally came across Kimberle Crenshaw's work, and felt like I had struck gold! 

I chose to visualize intersectionality in a way that makes complexities visible, but also accessible to promote a deeper understanding.


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Politics Intro

THE PROCESS

The process of mapping information is long and intricate, and my experience mapping the critical information in Crenshaw's essay was just that. It involved reading the essay countless times, and taking extensive notes so as to understand the context deeply. These notes helped surface interconnections and relationships between the information, to facilitate the breaking up of information into various categories. 

This process is messy, and time-consuming, but so very necessary. Without actually understanding the information and insights that Crenshaw highlights in her work, I couldn't even think of moving on to visualizing it. 

 

 

Once I felt like I had enough information to start visualizing it, I began considering my medium. My heart was absolutely set on somehow making this a physical experience, like that of walking through a museum exhibit or experiencing virtual reality. My iterations consisted of planning an elaborate exhibit with 20 feet walls, to learning Unity - a game development software - to try and create a VR experience. 

Below is one my early concepts for a museum wall. 


Map One

 

Soon, I realized I had to take a step back. My visualizations had to be about the information first, instead of simply the experience. I thus decided to strip away my elaborate plans, and focus more on the relationships between the information. I decided a simple website, with multiple maps would be the best way for me to present the information, allowing users to take their time to dive into the visualization, but also allowing it to be scaled outwards. 

Download my Keynote Prototype here.

 

 

 

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This project was a huge learning experience for me. Yes, I changed my mind about every step of the way, but I also prototyped every step of the way. Making things quickly, and realizing that that specific direction isn't the best way to go helped me move through ideas, and finally, land on an idea that put the information and user experience first. I still haven't given up on the idea of creating a museum exhibit - that may or may not be something I'm working on making a reality. 

 

 

 

DURATION / CLASS

TWO WEEKS

MAPPING & VISUALIZATION

 

 

 

TEAM

RUTVI GUPTA

JESSICA PANICOLA

CATALINA VALENTINA

DANIELLE SHEPARD 


 

TEAM

RUTVI GUPTA

JESSICA PANICOLA

CATALINA VALENTINA

DANIELLE SHEPARD

 

 

SKILLS

INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE

MAPPING

VISUAL DESIGN

PROTOTYPING


 

SKILLS

DESIGN THINKING

SYSTEMS THINKING

GAME DESIGN

VISUAL DESIGN

 

 

SKILLS

DESIGN THINKING

SYSTEMS THINKING

GAME DESIGN

VISUAL DESIGN


 

KEYWORDS

SOCIAL INNOVATION

INTERSECTIONALITY

VISUALIZATION 


 


 

 

ROLE

IDEATION

CONCEPTUALIZATION

VISUAL DESIGN


 

 

ROLE

IDEATION

CONCEPTUALIZATION

VISUAL DESIGN


 

 

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