Production _ Sound


Sound relates to the rise of sea levels in each city.

  • London: 11 m
  • Tokyo: 40 m
  • New Delhi: 216 m
  • Addis Ababa: 2.5 m

To produce the sound I changed the pitch to represent how bad it is. I used Audition to manipulate the sound. I extended the sound by repetiting the pings to 1 minute

I found it extremely difficult to use the data accurately to the level of pitch. I decided to apply the effect myself by keeping the data in mind but manually moving the pitch.

I would like the sound to work by lifting each box which will trigger the sound to play. I visited CTL to gather/ find out what materials are needed to make this.


I took the audio and transferred it onto the micro SD card and into the Sparkfun


  • Sparkfun MP3 Trigger
  • Audio
  • Trigger
  • Crocodile clips
  • Wires
  • SD card
  • Plug

Putting it together


I was able to get it working, however, it did the opposite trigger that it needed to be. I also realised that having the sound on a loop for one minute was too long, I have reduced this by 20 seconds. At the moment when the trigger is down, it makes the sound. The boxes to be resting down on the trigger and when the box is picked up it should make the sound. I will need to seek some help from CTL to sort this out. Once this has been figured out, I will get more equipment, like triggers to produce more than one sound.

Production _ Weight

Now that the boxes have been made the senses can be added I started off with weight. Weight refers to the amount of CO2 in each city.

During my time at the 3D workshop, I discussed the possible ways of added weight to the box that could not make a sound. It was suggested that I use cement, sandbags or wood. However, I was unsure whether these were the best ways of applying weight as there would be no way in which changing the measurements later on.

After talking to my peers it was suggested that I use clay or material that could be easily manipulated if problems did arise. I went with this suggestion.

To the boxes I applied sealant to stop the boxes from coming apart.

First I gathered the amount of CO2 in each city

  • London: 44.6 million tonnes
  • Tokyo: 59 million tonnes
  • India: 64.4 million tonnes
  • Adis Ababa: 0.119 million tonnes

I have decided not to add a weight to Addis Ababa due to it being a very small amount.

I weight all four boxes without the clay:

  • London: 450g
  • Tokyo: 770g
  • New Delhi: 1.8kg
  • Addis Ababa: n/a

Using the ratio: 1kg = 20 tonnes, I got the overall weight that should be added to the box from the CO2 data

  • London: 1.1 kg
  • Tokyo: 1.5 kg
  • India: 3.1 kg
  • Addis Ababa: n/a

From here I subtracted the overall weight of the box to the amount of clay that should be added

  • London: 650g
  • Tokyo: 730g
  • India: 1.8kg -1.2kg
  • Addis Ababa: n/a

Total amount of clay: 2.6kg

I got the total amount of modelling clay, weighed them and glued it to the box.

Overall this was very successful and worked well. I was able to apply the weight accurately.

Production _ Infographic

I mentioned previously about making an infographic to inform the user about how the senses work within the box. I have started to design some outcomes that could be developed further.

Initial designs:

I have created a set of different ideas based on my initial design.

Initially, I thought about adding icons to represent the five senses, however I concluded that the main illustratons should be of the boxes to explain the use of it.

I have changed the layout and font sizes throughout these infographics.

Through this development, I reduced the size of the infographic to the biggest size box which was 298x298mm. I explored different layouts and font sizes but stuck with the same colour schemes and font. I did this in mind of the exhibition, the infographic will be hung next to the boxes. I wanted all the different elements to work well with one another.


I produced a prototype based on my best design and printed out the poster to see how it looks in real life. I am happy with it and it is legible. I may improve the size of the title by reducing it as I want the subheading to be the most eye-catching.

Final Outcome:

I have used a simplistic black and white colour scheme and layout to match the layout of the boxes. Also, I have changed some of the text that informs the use of the box, such as smell as it fits better and makes more sense and re-written the paragraph stating what this is all about. As for the font I have used Helvetica Neue across all of my designs as it is legible and easy to work with within the design. The font alongside the images provide an easy and well understood set of action that should take place when interacting with the box.

I plan to print this as a poster for the submission but for the exhibition I will have it engraved onto black acrylic and hung on the walls.

Production _ Boxes

Using illustrator I have scaled my boxes to size as well as printed them to see them before they get laser cut.

Through this simple prototype, I recognised that the difference in size was able to show the dramatic change in population and that the size of the boxes was manageable for the user to pick up. The sizes were good and they didn’t need any adjustments.

The laser cutting process began. Once they were cut, I glued them together. I decided not to get the lids cut just yet as they were still being designed and needed further development for the other senses.

I have started to think about how the lids may be designed. I thought about the lids having the name of the city and country, and for aesthetic purposes adding a map to show the location of the country with the capital city highlighted.

I am yet to decided whether this will be my final design for my boxes.

Production _ Nets

To begin with, I have produced a ratio in order to create an accurate representation of the population to the size of each box.

Ratio: 1 million = 1.5cm

I have rounded the population to make it easier when calculating the sizes.

  • London: 10M population = 150mmx105mm
  • Toyko: 13M population = 195mmx195mm
  • New Delhi: 22M population = 330mmx330mm
  • Addis Ababa: 7M population = 105mmx105mm

I created 4 nets using the Maker Case website.

I plan to make these next week.


As for colour schemes, I thought it is necessary to make the boxes opaque black as there will be different components that shouldn’t be seen, for example, weight. This also affects the use of the box as the senses won’t be seen by the eye which means the user will have to pick it up and interact with it.

This has also informed an additional area, which could possibly be an infographic which explains how each sense is used when interacting with the box. Within this graphic, it will contain a set of images that refer to each sense and explain how they are being used.

Final Design Idea

After receiving feedback from the exhibition based on my developing designs, I concluded that it wasn’t the best way in visualising the data I collected and it didn’t include any multi-sensory design which my research and findings stem from. As a result of this, I have decided to re-evaluate what I would like to produce from my findings in the best way possible.

I was able to form this idea from the suggestions of my peers.

Using data collected from the most developed, developing and undeveloped countries vs London to explore/compare CO2 emissions, population, rise of sea levels and energy consumption through a multi sensory design installation.  

Initial ideas in the creation of the box:

  • Sight – size of boxes (gets bigger) – depending on the size of the population 
  • Sound – volume (increases) – a ‘ping’ sound could get louder depending on the amount of energy
  • Smell – intensity (increases)
  • Touch – weight (gets heavier) – depending on the amount of CO2 
  • Taste – ? 


I have chosen to look at the economic growth of a city as there is large differences between the different places.

  • Tokyo, Japan (developed)
  • Delhi, India (developing)
  • Ethiopia, Africa (undeveloped)
  • London, United Kingdom (developed, current location)

From large amount of research i collected previously to websites such as

Data collection:

1. London, United Kingdom (developed, location)

  • Population: 9,486,000 million – sight
  • CO2: 44.6 million tonnes (2016) – touch 
  • Sea levels (elevation): 11 m (above sea level) – sound 
  • Energy use:309 billion kwh – smell

2. Tokyo, Japan (developed)

  • Population: 13 million – sight 
  • CO2: 59 million tonnes – touch 
  • Sea levels (elevation): 40 m – sound 
  • Energy use: 64 billion tons – smell 

3. New Delhi, India (developing)

  • Population: 21.75 million – sight 
  • CO2: 69.4 million tonnes – touch 
  • Sea levels (elevation): 216 m – sound 
  • Energy use: 6,934 megawatt – smell

This process has been very simple in terms of collecting the information, I have gathered data from websites like

The World Data Bank.-


Sound – Articles

Smell – my own design thought.

Throughout the design process, blogs I will include the data that will be used to visualise the sense alongside the materials used. Now having this data I can begin to design.

Development of ideas

This past week I have been working on developing my ideas.

Alongside this, I have begun creating prototypes to help inform my initial ideas to help visualise how it may possibly look.

This visualisation was based on the aesthetics of the box to understand font size and proportions.

I then went on to create a new idea and prototyped it


  • Each box will have a case study relating the area in London to back up its findings
  • The other faces of the box show recent data relating to the issue
  • The box will be clear with an item inside to contradict the data
  • The top of the box will have part of an outline of London which the user has to put together. This recognises how one issue can affect the city.