‘Dear Data’

Publications — Sep 06, 2016

A year-long, analog data drawing project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two award-winning information designers living on different sides of the Atlantic.

This 300-page, large-format book presents 52 postcards created by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, who documented in newly-drawn illustrations what they learned about their lives in hand-drawn data, highlighting how everyone can become a data collector.

In a world where computers and algorithms are the default go-tos, this carefully-crafted book highlights how this weekly imperfect, offline approach to uncovering the warm heart at the centre of our everyday data. As Maria Popova wrote in her touching foreword (US edition):

“[this] book reclaims that poetic granularity of the individual from the homogenizing aggregate-grip of Big Data.”

We hope Dear Data inspires you to slow down, take stock, and draw – to see the world through a new lens, where everything and anything can be a creative starting point for play, expression and connection.

You’ll find our fifty-two cards in this book, along with the thoughts we had while conceiving and crafting them. They have not been edited: they appear exactly as they did when originally received through the mail, highlighting a year of learning, doubts and indecision as well as love, affection and humour. Bearing all the scuff-marks of their journey across the ocean, together they form a personal data-diary that first we shared with each other, and now we share with you. We’ll also unfold what we’ve learned from this year of collecting our daily data, expanding upon how we gained meaning from what we collected and on our artistic process.

Order Dear Data here.

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