Measures of Us

Why. Exploring how low-tech voting devices could be used to gather personal opinions from across an entire community.

What. A simple cardboard voting device that can be distributed in kit form and assembled easily. Over 30 were built and used in a community-wide opinion-gathering activity in Birmingham. Locals from 6 neighbourhoods used the devices to answer questions about happiness and well-being, forming a rich picture of similarities and differences across the community. Answers were visualised on large outdoor boards in public spaces.

How. Physical prototyping, PCB design, digital fabrication, electronics, interaction design, quantitative analysis.

Who. In collaboration with Dr Lisa Koeman and Professor Yvonne Rogers. Thanks to Birmingham Cathedral.