Designers Giorgia Lupi (New York) and Stefanie Posavec (London) recently launched a fascinating postcard project called Dear Data. Each week the two data artists measure one aspect of their daily lives and then represent that information with a drawing on a postcard. Every Monday they put their postcards into the mail to journey across the ocean to the other and begin collecting data for the next postcard. Having only met twice in person, this project is as much about the two of them getting to know one another as it is about finding creative ways to record details of their own lives.
There are so many interesting details in the notes they make for each other; instructions on how to decode the often extremely abstract ways they’ve represented their findings, as well as little tidbits about their day. The topics they choose for each week vary from people and purchases they make to emotions and the number of times they look at themselves in a mirror or window.
I love the analog and imperfect nature of the project; I think it makes the idea of data visualisation more accessible. I’ve included a bunch of their postcards below. Head over to their site to see larger images (they’re worth reading).
There were so many incredible murals painted at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii event. It’s impossible to the fully appreciate these works without seeing them in person so maybe you’ll have to fly out to Honolulu and find them.
All the images in this post were painstakingly shot by Brandon Shigeta, who had to wake up extremely early (and also wait around for hours) to catch some of these without cars blocking them. He’s one of the hardest working people at this event every year.
I hope people in Honolulu realise how special this is; Vancouver is dying for something like this. Keep in mind, this post doesn’t even include all the work that was produced this year!
Mural by Sainer and Bezt (Etam Cru)
Mural by Smithe and Case
Mural by Doze Green
Mural by Tristan and Matt Eaton
Mural by Cryptik
Mural by Esao and Aaron Horkey
Mural by Ernest Zacharevic
Painting and flower installation by Fafi
Mural by Hueman
One of many many yarn pieces by Hot Tea
Mural by Katch
Mural by Kevin Lyons
Mural by Mark Dean Veca
Mural by D*Face
Mural by Reach and Debe
Mural by Sever
Mural by Lauren YS and Tatiana Suarez
Mural by Vincent Di Nguyen
Mural by Woes, Nosego, Sainer, Lauren YS, Caratoes, Boykong
Mural by Matt and Roxy Ortiz
Hawaiian Airlines is a big reason why my friends out in Hawaii are able to make the massive Pow! Wow! mural festival happen each year. Each year the airline covers the flights of many of the world’s best artists for the event, and recently they invited artists to put their work all over the runway. This really illustrates to me the way the Pow! Wow! organizers have grown their event in a few short years; it’s the product of building lasting relationships with people and companies, making sure everyone benefits. If you’re organizing an annual event you could learn a lot from the way they’re going about things.
Watch the video below of the Hawaiian Airlines ground service vehicles getting the Pow! Wow! treatment. I’m already looking forward to February!
The Brazilian twin duo known as Os Gemeos are leaving a beautiful mark on Vancouver, painting six industrial Ocean Concrete silos next to the art school I graduated from. The finished mural will measure a total of 7200 square meters (23,500 square feet) making it the pairs’ largest mural to date (and their first in Canada).
The project is part of the Vancouver Biennale which has just launched an IndieGoGo to raise money to pay for the public art. The artists have donated their time, and all money raised will go towards paying for the materials and trip expenses for the artists.
I’m happy to see our city of glass finally getting some much needed colour! If you live in Vancouver, and you want to see more things like this, consider giving a few dollars to the IndieGoGo: HERE.
More process images of the artwork below!