Open Data Philippines in Hearts behind Work

April 28, 2014

"To promote beautiful stories, beautiful people, beautiful advocacies." This was how Roxy Navarro, founder of Works of Heart, described the design agency's mission in her opening remarks at their second anniversary celebration last Saturday, April 26, 2014, at NOVA Gallery in Makati City.To mark this milestone, they organized Hearts behind Work, an exhibit and thanksgiving event which brought together several groups from the creative and development sector, including Open Data Philippines. Other co-exhibitors included Risqué Designs, MUNI, and Juan Portrait.

Aiming to celebrate art and design for nation-building,the event sought to connect design and development professionals, to spark conversations about working together for a better Philippines. Examples of such projects were showcased through the four exhibits. Open Data Philippines displayed some of its best visualizations and provided visitors a chance to explore the website. Risqué Designs featured shoes made from local materials and craftsmanship; MUNI had posters and planners promoting mindful living; while Juan Portrait showed some pictures taken during their outreach sessions.

Apart from these exhibits, the event also featured two speakers: Dan Matunina of Plus63 Design and Prim Paypon of the Bacolod-based Dream Project. They talked about their collaborative experiences in producing design solutions for a range of concerns from blood donation shortages to untapped tourism opportunities.

Gabe Baleos of the Open Data Task Force also gave a presentation, along with the other co-exhibitors. In talking about live.data.gov.dev, he emphasized the power of visualization in making information understandable. He showed some of the infographics already available on the website and invited designers to contribute to the project by interacting with government data. He then expounded on the importance of empowering the public through information, ending his presentation with a quote from The Newsroom"Nothing is more important to a democracy than a well-informed electorate."

In bringing together like-minded individuals, Hearts behind Work truly constituted a meaningful celebration of collaboration between the creative and development sectors. Through the sharing of ideas, it fostered greater cooperation within a community fueled by a passion not just for design but also for the development of our country.