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Senior Capstone – 2020
Data Visualization & Experience Design
In the fall of 2019, I started my senior capstone on cyber paranoia. Cyber Paranoia can be described as looking at the ways we negotiate the rapidly changing landscapes of digital freedom, privacy, and security. This project originated from curiosity about cyber security, a hot topic in our current era. I wanted to learn how my internet data was collected and used to illustrate my online identity.
So I created Glimpse.
The way we interact with our devices has always been a
one-sided relationship. We use, cherish, and spend massive amounts of time with them – all while being completely unaware of the data being gathered from us.
Glimpse is a website that uses metrics from the user and technologies developed by advertisers to help people understand how and why they use their devices. Using device-specific data gathered from the user, Glimpse highlights areas of potential vulnerabilities towards personal data, allowing the user to better understand the relationship with their device over time.
To help guide my research, I first created a couple questions targeting user behavior and uncovering internet browser data:
I created two personas, Mark and Sarah, to map out the target user group's behavior, narrative, and needs. This helped to build empathy towards the users, moving forward into the concept development stage.
After conducting research and crafting personas, I decided to focus on getting users to recognize why they use their devices by looking at the data they actively or passively leave. With a website like Glimpse, users can learn about data security and protection that is unique to their digital footprints.
Combining the features, I created a data visualization system that users would be greeted with each time they visited the site. This allows a first look insight into data that has been collected. Each box within the system tackles a specific area of data collection.
After crafting the visual system, I created a user flow to help identify how users would navigate through the website. A series of four phases were established to help create a refine the website.
Website walk through of Glimpse.
Special thanks the individuals who participated in my research, my professors and friends.