List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

2016 – Cairn: Situated Data Collection and Analysis for Fab Labs


Designed within the community of practice of a French FabLab, Cairn aims at understanding the variety of practices within FabLabs. Cairn explores tangible alternatives to questionnaires and other traditional evaluation techniques, and stresses aesthetic and affective dimensions to create an engaging experience. It invites Fablab visitors to reflect on their practices by materializing their activities using small colored woodentiles. Interacting individually with Cairn, people contribute to create a collaborative and meaningful sculpture, upon which they can reflect collectively.


  1. Pauline Gourlet and Thierry Dassé (2017) Cairn: A Tangible Apparatus for Situated Data Collection, Visualization and Analysis.
  2. David-Julien Rahmil (2017) Cairn, la table qui permet de manipuler et visualiser des données.

Added by: Pauline Gourlet. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: collecting tool, fab lab, participatory, rearrangeable