Our intent was to create some actual science riffing on Chris Ware’s groundbreaking Building Stories comic.
The goal with our project was to see if we could create a comic space that people could rearrange themselves to tell a story about their perception of protests and their effects.
We started conservatively creating 27 individual images, like the one to the left, and Chris has been working to test the “reading” of these images in a small survey to ensure that each picture does what it’s intended to do.
Here’s the color-coded patterning when the respondents ordered the comic panels in terms of what they thought happened in their home area (on the left) and what they think should happen (on the right). It’s pretty cool. Chris told me today that this actually constitutes a non-randomized pattern here, essentially confirming the effectiveness of the comic panels and the essential idea of the experiment.