Visualizing Belonging

Published on And So: Graduate Journal of Graphic Design

The research culminated in an idea for a large-scale art installation visualizing how much Raleigh citizens feel they belong to the community. This visualization acts as an aid to Raleigh citizens, allowing them to see how others in the community feel about their own sense of inclusion. The desired outcomes of this installation are an increased awareness of the belonging-climate, meaning and understanding of how many people feel like they belong and how much they feel like they belong in Raleigh, and a sense among users of being a part of something larger than themselves. The methods of achieving these outcomes are the visualization of abstract concepts, participatory structure of the installation, and supplemental resources to increase involvement.