Through the project's first objective, applying the communicative potential of the various communication channels, I chose image as the most important channel to focus my in-depth narrative on. Some of my classmates had started to question (outside of class), what exactly Kibera is, I realized that I obviously had not done a good job in answering some of the seemingly obvious question. It is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The less-fortunate condition of Kibera often results in violence, unhealthy living conditions, and crime. Focusing on the "building block" aspect of my poster, I chose to communicate the demographics of Kibera by providing the viewer a hands-on context through three-dimensional building blocks that show the community of Kibera through both the people and living conditions. In this, I learned that communicating solely in one channel requires a heightened clarity to the work. I could not rely on text to tell my viewer that this was a slum or that a sense of community is important to the people of Kibera--I had to show it.
The second objective included applying knowledge of narrative manipulation and application across media. I chose to illustrate my images on three-dimensional blocks that provide a non-linear (but could be linear) story about Kibera depending on how one constructs the blocks. Because each of the blocks can be handled and re-arranged, I learned that each must be able to exist on its own as well as maintaining the narrative when placed together. Because the viewer has the ability to alter the order--therefore, altering any sort of linear story--each of the blocks contains an inclusive narrative within itself. However, when placed together, each of the blocks supports one another.