We humans are surrounded by data that we are constantly consuming and producing everyday, even by doing the most routine tasks like going to work or getting a coffee. At a glance, these data can seem unremarkable or mundane, but when you acquire a large enough set of data and dig a little deeper, trends and patterns begin to emerge, revealing an ever evolving story.
Pingado is a mixed media data project focusing on an individual’s consumption of coffee. I developed a mobile app interface that allows a user to record his/her caffeine consumption by noting time, amount, frequency, and type. The data is fed through a custom algorithm to generate a personalized 3D form that is a physical representation of the individual’s caffeine consumption. The finished 3D form, shaped like a coffee mug, was then 3D printed and fired in porcelain, creating a fully functioning coffee mug that the individual can use to maintain their caffeine habits.
As an extension to this project I could imagine adding to the dataset more information about country of origin, sustainability and fair trade conditions as a reminder of our social impact from simply drinking a cup of coffee.
3D Printed Porcelain Ceramic, Custom Software.
New York - 2014