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Project Leads
Sarah Williams

Chaewon Ahn
Matthew Gardner
Dylan Halpern
Eric Robsky Huntley
Griffin Kantz
Michael Pearce
Siqi Zhu

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


NextStop is an analog and digital experience developed as a part of “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility,” an exhibit at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum. Visitors could fill out cards that contain one of ten questions aimed at eliciting their perceptions of how future mobility options will impact societal transit equity, access, and utilization. In addition to specific questions, the back of the card provides an open-ended prompt to enable visitors to elaborate on their responses.

This exhibition was on display from December 14, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

After filling out their cards, exhibit visitors can drop them into a scanning slot that feeds live updates of a digital visualization of responses. This visualization displays on a touch screen in the exhibit and is available on the web at www.nextstop.mit.edu. The visualization allows visitors to dig into responses of the questions they fill out as well as the responses of all other exhibit visitors.

Within the visualization, each question has its own sub-section where swarms of cards represent each possible response to that question. The size of each swarm corresponds to the number of times respondents have selected that answer. Visitors can tap the swarm in order to see the open response portion of a randomly selected card from that question. In this way, the visualization allows visitors both to see how the entire exhibit-going population has responded to different questions as well as see how they are thinking about the future of transportation.