market mobile prototype (animation study)


Southwest Raleigh Community Study, 2012


Interactive tablet application


Market Mobile is a research tool that asks Downtown Farmers Market goers to play a game of balancing answers to a series of questions using an touchscreen tablet. This investigation explores the activities at the market that help build relationships between farmers and patrons, and that contribute to their sense of belonging in downtown.

Mobile (animation study)


When the participant chooses one of two answers to the question on the horizon. The other falls to the ground, where it sprouts a reward.

After the participant brings the mobile back into balance by attaching the reward, a new, related question appears.

The more questions a participant answers the more rewards she reaps. Here, the participant touches the radish and watches a video of two farmers describing a new variety of cucumbers

Mobile (detail)


The participant hesitates on an answer to a question. A timer begins counting down and the mobile starts to wobble again.

When she does not respond
in time, both answers fall
to the ground, prompting
the participant to pick one.
She completes her mobile, making it more elaborate by continuing to answer questions. She saves the mobile and the rewards to refer to later.

Moodring sketch


Southwest Raleigh Community Study, 2012


mobile application prototype


Moodring is a research tool that asks event attendees about the activities that build relationships between them, and that contribute to their sense of belonging in downtown. Each Moodring is a dynamic and collective data visualization of the current “mood” at an event as reported by its attendees. The aura appears on ambient displays at the event, and on participants’ smart phones.

A participant can check the mood at the Farmers Market, by touching different parts of the aura, then add her impressions of the event. For each question, a tilt of her phone floats a bubble along the spectrum and changes the background color, behaving much like a lava lamp. Each individual Moodring can be saved individually and added to the collective visualization.

Soundscape sketch


Southwest Raleigh Community Study, 2012


mobile application prototype


Soundscape is another research tool that asks event attendees about the activities that build relationships between them, and that contribute to their sense of belonging in downtown. Each Soundscape is a unique sonic compilation mixed by the participant of different kinds of conversation at an event that she experiences.