Radiation

Just before we broke for Easter, we stumbled on the idea of radiation. This them, dominated out work on the project. We began the idea with the construction of a macro contextualisation of a nuclear disaster on a map over hundreds of miles, and the interface would then reveal the impact on the body and their offspring over time at given distances, selected by the user.

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First radiation mockup • David Valente

We would be able in include information about the radiation dosage(andits effects), stories, effect of weather and health risks, some of which could be sourced from here. Plus, much like the simple table at the bottom of this page, we could visualise the effects of a quantitive level of radiation to the qualitative effects on a person.

On this idea, we also had the ideas to harness the data from a Film badge dosimeter(measuresradiation levels for employees at risk of radiation poisoning) to build a tool to these at risk.

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Screenshot from nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap

In looking for a similar interface, I found this Nukema tool that’s very similar to our idea. In a very simple series of form elements and rings on a map, this interface reveals a lot of information about a fictitious nuclear disaster. Building on this data we could then visualise the affect on a body using the existing controls the interface provides.

We began by abstracting to a grid of different everyday objects that emit radiation where the user could select the ones they are exposed to and the level. They would click multiple times to increase the exposure inspired by the genre selection in Apple Music. The box would get darker to signify increased exposure. This data would then be translated into the the level of harmful affect in the following screen.

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Radiation mockup 2 • David Valente

We found this form that did the same task in a very unimaginative manner.

Building on the data we had, this higher fidelity mockup begins to show how the geographic selection from the user translates to the effect on the body. The user would first select a location(maybecontextualised to previous disasters) and then distance. From this literal data would be given and a comparison to something more relatable. Such as cigarettes.

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