Mapping Trash Practices

The Gist

In a quick one week project, light research was done to casually assess people’s behaviors towards throwing away garbage. The aim of the project was to create a conceptual model to visualize the findings. From the data, it was clear that people had “good” trash days and “bad” trash days. I chose to visualize this in an attempt to help us figure out how to make people feel better and more knowledgeable about throwing things away (whether to the garbage, recycling, etc).


Data was gathered in teams of five (so we could get data more quickly… this was a one week project after all!). We then each created our own conceptual model based on how we interpreted the data.

My conceptual model

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