Counting On is an exploration into futuristic design systems for biological data that are coherent, contextual, and humane. It comprises a series of hand-drawn, domestic, embedded data visualizations that have been created using my data collected through a consumer-wearable device. 

Visualizations for menstruation and restoration integrate diverse biological data parameters and present them cohesively in an effort elicit empathy and synchronize with the author's daily lived experience.

Visualizing Menstruation

I have always known that my menstrual cycle affects my energy levels, stress levels, mood and even causes physical pain that affects my day to day routine. I find myself planning my life around it, and yet no digital product was really empathizing with my experience with menstruation based on the way I was living through it. Discover my journey with visualizing my cycle and embedding it in the setting of a washroom here.

Visualizing Restoration

Having used sleeping applications in the past, I have been presented with analysis on quality and transitioning through the night, but once again I found a disconnect between the experience I was having through my day-to-day on how I was resting through the night. Learn more about the strategic design decisions I made to visualize my rest holistically here.

Why Count On? and Why Now?

 Counting on provokes dialogue around our evolving relationships with our bodies and identities in the paradigm of the Quantified Self and emerging practices in personalized healthcare. With over 122 million devices sold in 2018, it is clear that health and fitness wearables are proliferating globally. However, wearable device abandonment rates are also surging. While wearables present the novel opportunity to monitor health and well-being like never before, one third of devices purchased in 2018 were abandoned within the first six months of use (Gartner). Some devices have even been found to cause various health related conditions such as anxiety and eating disorders (The Guardian). Counting On addresses issues with data interpretation and analysis, user effort, authoritative devices, affect, privacy, context and the need for personalization, within the realm of health and fitness wearables. Learn more about the research process I undertook to find ways to empower individuals to manage their health and well-being autonomously here.

"I predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years."

Freeman Dyson

Created by Veda Adnani Chatterjee under the guidance of Kate Hartman and Marcus Gordon, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design in Digital Futures at OCAD University. More projects are on view here.

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