Project Overview + Topic
Our Hive is an interactive installation with a focus on mental health stigma and the lack of mental health literacy within the Sheridan Trafalgar campus. This temporary installation would allow students to anonymously share how they are feeling using colour association, while also connecting with their peers.
social awareness campaign
During the Sheridan Wellness Survey, 72% of students felt that their mental health was supported on campus but 47% were not actually sure how to access these resources. Not only were the students unaware of where to go, but many were not completely informed about the various mental health issues among them and their peers. The students at many point felts alone as well.
The focus is to create awareness of mental health illness while allowing the user to have anonymity. For this project, my focus is on what may drive these students to have mental health issues rather than what their issues are. The initial step for students is realizing what is making you feel this way before deciding what they feel. In taking a glance at the research documents and surveys provided by Sheridan College, I understood that the majority of the students who completed the survey reported some sort of mental health issue. Although the survey was anonymous, many of the students may not be as honest due to the stigma and shame around mental health issues. This stigma could be from their culture, family, or even from lack of knowledge and awareness.
1) Making sure that the students gain information in a positive matter.
2) Create a sense of unity between people, more specifically students, on campus.
3) Create a safe space where students can express their emotions.
4) Create an interactive experience that is accessible and multi-sensory.
Visual Mockups and Dimensioned Drawings
After brainstorming ideas, the project site was chosen and the identity system as well as the materials and finishes were explored. The installation was created on Sketchup to allow for an isometric mockup of the space to view the various elements and the visitor journey was explored through various visualization to better understand the viewer's perspective. Dimensioned drawings of the space were created as well to make sure the space is accessible and scale the materials being used. Finally, the design elements that were being created were mocked up.
Proposed Solution and Results
The hexagonal LED lights are turned on by the user and can be tapped once to change the hexagonal light into 4 different colours one-by-one, each representing a basic emotion that was mentioned frequently in the student survey and experienced by a majority of the students (happy, sad, anxious, depressed). The information is anonymously given to the user through their device and each additional light that is added by users has a vibration sound specific to the emotion. The installation also comes with pamphlets that can temporarily be printed for the students seasonally during stressful times in the semester.
The project is aimed at creating an interesting audio, visual, and sensory experience using lights that can be activated and changed depending on how the user is feeling that day. The most important aspect of the project is that it is able to be accessible by all students. All the lights on the wall would be reset every week since there are 1255 lights in total and the space does not experience a heavy flow of students. Later when the installation is reused, it can continue to reset at the same rate, as students may continue to come frequently to enjoy an interactive experience.