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The Cycle of Women's Reproductive Rights in America*

A continuing exploration into data visualization, human interaction and experience design. 

An Interactive time line Experience

*some may find the following images to be shocking

 
 
 

Design Objective

Design an emotional visual narrative that informs the public on the cycling state of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. 

Design Overview

This is an exploration into data visualization in the form of a time line. The content of this time line is titled The Cycle of Women’s Reproductive Rights in America. It consists of 20 years in American history, all of which had major influence on both the progress and regress of women’s reproductive rights in the United States of America.

Designing For

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Aubrey, 26

Constantly busy, Aubrey does not have a lot of time to think about how her reproductive rights have been affected and continue to be affected within recent United States history.

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Greg and Natalie, 37 and 35

A happily married couple trying for their first child. They have not been educated or informed about the issues and events that have influenced their ability to freely reproduce in the United States.

 
 
 

The progress and regress throughout the years is shown via the saturation of menstrual blood on each pair of underwear; the more saturated a pair is the worse the year was.

 

This exploration began in February of 2018 at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is continuing to be expanded.

 
 
 

In order to see the information and dates for each year, viewers are forced to physically interact with the pair of underwear by lifting them up to reveal the content in its entirety.

 
 

The names located on the front of each pair work to bring an emotional and more human element to the information. The names and corresponding years are composed in a way that is reflective of the memoriam we often see today.

 
 
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Approach

Production Photos

This time line required a lot of hands-on work. The “blood” is made from multiple layers of acrylic paint in various colors, mixed with water to replicate the visuals often seen during female menstrual cycles. The piece is 27 feet wide, and required a multitude of sewing methods to construct. Adhesive vinyl was used to place the names and years on each pair, while iron ons and screen printing were used to place the content under each pair of underwear.

 
 

Rapid Visual Exercise* 

These are the results of a quick visual exploration in order to get all visual ideas out of my head and into the world.

*some may find these images disturbing