Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2013

Kyungwon Yang
Kyungwon Yang

Water is really important for us to sustain our lives, and today people do not recognize the importance of water. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, but fresh water that we can use is less than 1% of all the water on Earth. This small amount of water is used for drinking, industry, and agriculture. However, New York City treats 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater daily. This wastewater includes sanitary flow, tap water, washing machine outflow, and flushing a toilet. This system is complex but we can’t live without it. To speak about this, I chose to create an interactive website to teach children about New York’s drinking water. It provides information for kids to easily learn about drinking water through a story-based concept on the web. It creates a fun, quick, and easy way for children in elementary school to learn about how drinking water is processed through faucet sinks, plumbing, pipes, purifying filtration, ocean water, reservoirs, and back around to our kitchen sinks. This informational interactive online data visualization helps kids learn about their daily New York drinking water by easily scrolling through scenarios that show where our drinking water travels and how it becomes safe enough to drink. After they look through this web site, my goal is that their water behaviors will change in their homes.

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