02.04.15 by Jeff

Dear Data: A Fascinating Year-Long Hand-Drawn Data Visualisation Project


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).

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04.09.12 by Jeff

Riitta Ikonen

Riitta Ikonen postcards
For years Riitta Ikonen mailed “postcards” to her friend Margaret Huber from all over the world. She tested the postal system sending objects like a broken record, hair, fish. Her show opens tomorrow at Christopher Henry Gallery in New York, do not miss it.

More images below!

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01.04.10 by Jeff

Flora Hanitijo / Postcards

Flora Hanitijo sent over a beautiful set of her postcards! I don’t think I could bring myself to actually put these through the mail!

Flora Hanitijo photographer photography postcards
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06.01.09 by Jeff

Project #5b – Postcards!

Here we go again! Our gigantic Project #5 continues over at Design For Mankind! Pick a submission from Project #5 and re-design it! Paint it, draw it, cut & paste it, collage it, photograph it, whatever you want! Scan it and send it to Erin with the subject line “Free Encouragement.” Erin will sift through the entries and the lucky ones will be made into an Encouragement Postcard Pack! Submissions must be original work – dimensions are 4″ x 6″ – deadline is February 1st.

postcard encouragement project design for mankind booooooom

Send your entries to erin[AT]designformankind[DOT]com. Below are links to all the submissions from Project #5! Pick out your favourite message and re-design it!

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