Information Design for Community Engagement
The goal of this information design-based project was to research and discover how information design might be able to help a non-profit organization. I examined how mapping and data visualization could assist The Stop, a west-end Toronto-based community food bank. The project goal was to use a data visualization to make seed-sharing and seed-growing information accessible to a community.
Through the research and process of mapping within this project, it became clear that the information that needed to be included on the map was not typical of a traditional map. The minor details within a map, such as side streets, metro stops and exact measurements, were not as important to the overall goal of the mapping system. Overall, it became more important to highlight the communities of people within the map; dividing the area by neighbourhoods became the best way to display the information. The major roads were included to provide the user with a basic understanding of the area on which the map focused.