Part of my job included recording our written scripts into audio that would then  be played during the time where the user explores our 360 images. To achieve this I used a Tascam recorder, and used it in an spacious room. When editing I realised that the room we used had background noise therefore I used a tool to remove it. In addition I also used external sound effects from youtube for atmospheric purposes and this included nature as well as washing machine sound effects. The editing process also required me to cut and remove stuttering in voices, spaces between sentences and the volume of the clips.

360 Images

Charlotte obtained audio from her last site visit, which meant that in addition to the physical information, we had valuable insight on the way the mental asylum was ran, straight from real staff that used to work there. I wrote some notes on the kinds of aspects mentioned with regard to the laundry room, as it was my allocated area. With the help of a Wacom tablet and Photoshop, I drew a layer of graphics on top of the 360 image, which i thought complimented what was said in the audio. In addition I also used external images of 1900s washing machines and nurses wearing particular uniforms to illustrate what the room was used for as well as the experience.

Dennis Reed

Dennis Reed is an artist we looked  closely to inspiration for. The application of his style of art will be featured on all of our 360 experiences because it gives our work relevance with a true reflection, taste and perspective of someone who was actually a patient there in the 1950s. During this time he suffered from severe depression so one of his forms of expression was art. Prior to this he was a student in the Royal College of Art in London and Royal West of England Academy.Dennis Reed chose to portray the characters he drew using a scribbling and sketchy technique. Although its relatively minimal, his work depicts moods from fascial expressions to body positioning.

360 Images

The group decided it that for this application it would be effective and interesting to make this experience interactive for the user, therefore using a 360 Camera was deemed fit for this purpose. When visiting the site again we were guided by the caretaker to places that were used for particular activities during the time it was a mental home.  This included the hallways, the laundry room and other rooms. Our access was limited because the building is one of UWE’s campus, therefore we couldn’t disrupt the normal function of the site. Tania and Charlotte used a 360 camera to capture the environment around them and the plan was to overlay graphics that we made to make the experience come to life.

Site visit – Glenside Museum

When we visited the Glenside Campus museum to find real facts, stories and evidence surrounding the mental home. Here we were met with some expected and unexpected information. The tour guide gave us info pertaining to how doctors practised, by the lady, stating that Doctors during this time, didn’t have nearly as advanced ways of treating mental patients as they do now. This meant that patients were subject to electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and lobotomy. This gave us an impression that, although these methods of treatment are gruesome, thats all the technology they had to worth with during the 19th and 20th. Its easy to assume that patients were mistreated before visiting and speaking to a historian. We were exposed to paraphernalia, Dennis Reed’s art, restraining garments and many more contextual items in relation to the Asylum.  The tour guide also gave us an insight on how men and women were separated people were treated rather well for the time and we could see for ourself the way it was run.

Site visit – Bristol Record office

I made a trip to the Bristol Record Office in order to gather any historical information I could find in relation to the Glenside Mental Asylum. Interestingly enough any media that was published 100 years ago or less are protected by the copyright law therefore I couldn”t have access to them. During my time there I purchased a photography license so that I was allowed to take photos with my phone. The achieve was organised into several categories for Glenside mental asylum and from there I chose to take out a Medical Journal, A special report book and a Casebook

To my surprise the handwriting was virtually unreadable because they wrote by hand in a fancy italic style. Also, when exploring the books i discovered that most of these documents were more administrative orientated because as opposed to documents that described health conditions/patients, these books mostly contained lists and lists of daily check-ins/check-outs and these wern’t enough to tell a story or give subjective information. However the Special case book had more in depth information regarding patients and their condition so from those documents we are able to know how some patients conducted themselves as well as what they suffered from

Word Moodboard

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The purpose of this word mood board is to highlight key areas surrounding the topic of mental health. The background image of a brain represents the stem of all mental health.  This is caused when there are chemical imbalances or abnormal wiring. Some words are larger than others because I thought they were important aspects to consider in our approach. For example, alienation. This word describes a feeling mental people experience, therefore it may be interesting if our application made the user experience this sense. Drawing on the users’s emotions makes our application more effective and memorable.


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In order to portray the existing stigma which is currently attached to mental homes, I made this moodboard. Bearing in mind the context of time, we as a group were under the impression that the environment in mental homes seemed slightly horrific. We thought that patients weren’t treated correctly and doctors used obscure/painful ways of experimenting with treatments. Another source for the existing connotations we have of mental institutions stem a lot from the media we see i.e. movies. Movies such as Shutter Island play a big part in the way we perceive this topic because we go from a state of not really knowing much about mental health, to a state where we’re only fed biased points of view by this media. Making a real visit to this site may either support or go against this negative outlook.

Initial designs (WE ARE NOT USING)

When confronted with the brief, I immediately started making prototype interfaces because, at first, I automatically assumed the role of being a graphic designer for the group. During this process, I used the connotations that my moodboard and wordboard  suggested. My train of thought was based around the idea of making an app that visually impacts the user to draw on their emotions. This draft was made before our visit to the site therefore I had no real contextual information to work with. I tried to make it look a professional as possible (suitable for commercial application) by using a subtle font which represents the 20th century gothic style. I also used dull colours like grey and pale green to represent rotting/deterioration.Still under the impression that mental patients were treated wrongly in the past, my design approach was a bit insensitive towards the topic and it lacked didn’t depict the human side of mental illness.