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Dear Data

Both data visualisation artists who met at a data conference and chose to keep in touch by sending weekly postcards The premise of Dear Data is that Giorgia and Stefanie send each other one self created post card a week Each week they decide on some item of data to track How many times they looked at their phones Physical contact Complaints Each woman created her own system for displaying the data What emerges are weekly pieces of art with meaning On one side of the postcard there is the picture On the other a legend telling what the picture meansI was super excited to sit down with Dear Data and check it out What I ended up discovering though is that this would make an excellent coffee table book I can totally see picking it up with a spare moment flipping through and checking out a week I think I d enjoy it as that As a book from the library to read and return Not so much There is just too much to each week I could really only process a few weeks at a time I spent some time flipping through Dear Data in a few different sessions It s great But it s not engaging in a sit down and read it cover to cover way

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The book explores the role that data plays in our lives and originates from a correspondence between the two authors I wish I could rate this higher than five stars honestly I really do This book has inspired me endlessly As a graphic design enthusiast and budding graphic designer this was a huge amount of motivation and it has inspired me to start collecting my own data sets and illustrating them in uirky ways This is a brilliant book and I would 100% recommend it I am so happy that I read this and I recommend all of you to at least flick through it it s one of the most wonderful reads I have partaken in I love the way it is presented too it s so enjoyable light but yet so intensely inspiring I just ADORE everything about it BEAUTIFUL Well worth the wait I ve been following dear data online for a little while now and it s so amazing to have a physical copy of these wonderful postcards

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Composed of data visualisations in place of words The result is described as “a thought provoking visual feast” I enjoyed looking at how each woman visualized the data she collected After a while it got a little boring I borrowed this book from the library and had it for several weeks but didn t finish it before it had to go back


About the Author: Giorgia Lupi

wwwdear datacom published by Penguin in the UK and Princeton Architectural Press in North AmericaShe is co founder and design director at Accurat a data driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York Her work in information visualization freuently crosses the divide between digital and print exploring visual models and metaphors to represent dense and rich data driven stories Giorgia received her M Arch at FAF in Ferrara and she then earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano in 2014 Her design work has been featured on the New York Times Wired the Guardian Popular Science Time Magazine The Washington Post Forbes among allHer work has been exhibited at The London Scienc eMuseum the New York Hall of Science The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York Triennale Design Museum in Milan Milano Design Week and Somerset House in London



10 thoughts on “Dear Data

  1. says:

    I wish I could rate this higher than five stars honestly I really do This book has inspired me endlessly As a graphic design enthusiast and budding graphic designer this was a huge amount of motivation and it has inspired me to start collecting my own data sets and illustrating them in uirky ways This is a brilliant book and I would 100% recommend it I am so happy that I read this and I recommend all of you to at least flick throu

  2. says:

    45 stars A delightful book with some great ideas on collecting and displaying data And a beautiful book The only downside for me was that the data was almost entirely displayed as elaborate tally marks with details I would have appreciated see

  3. says:

    Great concept two designers who work a lot with data pick a theme each week for a year and then collect their personal data based on that theme and send the other person a postcard with some hand drawn data visualization on it It is halfway between work and socialization friendship building and they refer to it in the text as kind of bothThe

  4. says:

    It's a historical day a historical momentAfter over 15 months I finally managed to go through 'Dear Data' One of the main reasons is that this is a book that needs time it is far from being a page turner it's like an arts album that you go back and forth check few pages and put it aside for another couple of weeksI am full of awe for the two authors who were able to commit themselves to collecting data every week of the

  5. says:

    The premise of Dear Data is that Giorgia and Stefanie send each other one self created post card a week Each week they decide on some item of data to track How many times they looked at their phones Physical contact Complaints Each woman created her own system for displaying the data What emerges are weekly pieces of art with meaning On one

  6. says:

    Uniue and beautifully fascinating I love the authors concept of using their common love of art and data to create a shared adventurous correspon

  7. says:

    I primarily flipped through the book to observe the types and styles of data While I found it interesting how they translated their lives into a form of art I just wasn't that interested in studying the actual data or the ongoings of their lives I think the concept of data collecting is immensely fascinating and the various ways we can trans

  8. says:

    An interesting approach to being mindful of the everyday though it wasn't the original intention of the book I found the graphics intriguing than the data they represented Many of them were downright beautiful

  9. says:

    I enjoyed looking at how each woman visualized the data she collected After a while it got a little boring I borrowed this book from the library and had it for several weeks but didn't finish it before it had to go back

  10. says:

    this book is fantastic a real gem for anyone who has some basic interest in data i can't recommend it highly enough

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