What can everyone see?

After a week of visual communication techniques, from perfect white space and balance to typographic details, our final briefing was to “make meaning through information design”. The most important thing was to find meaning and interpret data creating one single final image, 1280 per 1024 pixels of pure visual message, that communicates to other people.

Therefore we had to use information design “as a method to find interesting trends in the data” and use the “visual process to explore, sketch, map” without pre-conceiving too much. Let the data lead and emerge from the communication.

I started by proposing myself some questions: “How did Facebook default privacy strings changed over time?” “How did Facebook user change their privacy settings over time?” “What type of content do people share and with whom?” “Is there any relation in that?”.

The first step was to collect data from a group of different people, that have different usages of facebook, and do some research on the subject, from Matt McKeon’s “The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook” to Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality’s “Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook”.

In terms of the visual exploration the starting point was to make to graphs of the key points that I was aiming for and after that I got the inspiration for doing a couple of experiments in a more “emotional” then analytic piece.