See the world as a data collector. Every week for a year, designers Giorgia and Stefanie sent each other a postcard capturing information about something different, from their digital activity to their emotions. Things like- How often did you check the time this week? Make a list? Apologise? What music did you listen to? What journeys did you make? But they didn't write it - they drew it. Containing their fifty-two cards, along with thoughts and ideas for drawing with data, Dear Data shows that information can be an artistic material for all of us. It will inspire you to notice what's around you, capture hidden patterns and find creativity in even the smallest details of your life.
Containing their fifty-two cards, along with thoughts and ideas for drawing with data, Dear Data shows that information can be an artistic material for all of us. It will inspire you to notice what's around you, capture hidden patterns and find creativity in even the smallest details of your life.
About the Authors
Giorgia Lupi is an award winning information designer. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York where she is the design director. She received her M-Arch at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, and earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano. She relocated from Italy to New York City, where she now lives.
Stefanie Posavec is a data designer whose work focuses on non-traditional representations of data derived from language, literature or scientific topics. Often using a hand-crafted approach, her work has been exhibited at, among others, MoMA in New York, CCBB in Rio de Janerio, the Science Gallery in Dublin and the V&A in London. In 2013 she was Facebook's first data-artist-in-residence at their Menlo Park campus.
Charming ... An intimate look at the lives of two designers as told through their personal data ... Despite the vast amount of quantification, Dear Data feels almost like an anti-quantified self project. Lupi and Posavec aren't interested in calories, steps, or heart rate. Their project explores the more slippery details of daily life. This human-centric data is the reason why Dear Data doesn't read as detached self-analysis. There are insights to be found, even in the categories they chose -- Liz Stinson * Wired *
Dear Data paints a human portrait with data ... With each graph and information map, we get a deeper sense of the authors' personalities. What emerges from this information overload is a fascinating catalogue of the complexity of daily living. By tracking such minutiae, Lupi and Posavec, who both work in information design, reveal the patterns that inform our decisions and affect our relationships * Washington Post *
The time and the information encoded in Lupi and Posavec's postcards is not only revealing, but poignant. As well as choosing topics around items, such as the contents of their wardrobes or the number of drinks they'd had that week, the pair also scrutinised their behaviour ... Both are mind-boggling intricate. The keys to each chart are minute, cypher-like instructions, peppered with anecdotes and asides * Guardian *
Such an information-reach year could inspire others to better calculate aspects of their lives they never thought to tabulate, with the goal of seeing patterns and perhaps fine-tuning negative behavior. And better yet, illustrating our life's data by hand can allow us to slow down and invigorate our creative selves beyond the digital * Vice *
Through the process of examining their worlds in new ways, and noting emotions, sounds, and thoughts Lupi and Posavec, like the pre-telecommunication era Decker writes about, reveal a sense of space and time that we'd never considered. Through their weekly postcard exchange the two got to know each other, and themselves. The world around them was data to be collected, to be examined * Data Matters *
With each pair of postcards presented side by side, readers immediately experience Lupi and Posavec's different styles and sensibilities and witness how they influence and complement each other over the course of this year ... An utterly delightful collection of color, lines, shapes, and geometries * Publishers Weekly *