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.
Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec are two award-winning and internationally recognized information designers with a hand-crafted approach to data visualization. Both expats (Giorgia an Italian in New York, Stefanie an American in London), they had only met twice before they began Dear Data. The project was awarded two Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards and is being exhibited as part of Somerset House's Big Bang Data exhibition, and at London's Science Museum.
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 *