Reflecting Pool visualizes communication data as a rippling surface. Each ripple represents a message exchanged between me and a fellow classmate, and the color of the ripples represents the sentiment of the message (ranging from red for negative, to blue for positive). Each point on the surface represents a classmate, so all ripples emanating from that particular point are messages between me and the same individual.
By watching the surface, the view gets the opportunity to reflect on the communication patterns that emerge over time amongst IXD students. Personalities emerge from the patterns of the ripple colors, and the viewer notices key moments of collective sentiment ripple across the class. Relationships are illustrated by the ripple frequency at each point.