Inspiration: Art

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data

by OKAT 4

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data | Doodlers Anonymous

I forget how I stumbled upon this, but it's one of my favorite things to have discovered this year. Dear Data is a year-long drawing project between two women, who get to know one another by exchanging postcards with hand-drawn data visualizations.

Each week they choose a new topic, from a week of complaints or compliments to a week of desires or smiling at strangers. They begin collecting the data, it's slow, methodical, detailed, insightful and often bringing to life hidden patterns.

Every postcard includes a drawing on the front, while the back includes the key to reading and deciphering it. What makes this all the more fun is that each of them also keeps a record of the entire process from that week. You'll find notes, initial sketches, photos and plenty more.

They've just completed 52 full weeks, so there's plenty to see. You'll quickly discover that the data reveals a beautiful collection of aesthetic patterns, lines, and scribbles. The fact that there's a purpose behind each mark is all the more impressive.

Comments

  1. One of the woman actually came to my university to give a talk, it was really inspiring and gave us an insight about data can be interpreted.

  2. Oh, one of the coolest things I have come across, what could go in one\'s creative faculty of mind to choose data sets such as this. Love it!

  3. This kind of art reminds me of the chaotic world of Silicon Valley.

  4. Just say, can take inspire from these.


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