Ut what there was I enjoyedSource of the book Lawrence Public Library The premise of Dear Data is that Giorgia and Stefanie send each other one self created post card a week Each they decide on some other one self created post card a week Each week they decide on some data to track How many times they looked at their phones Physical contact Complaints Each woman created her own system or 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 lipping through and checking out a week I think I d enjoy it as that As a book rom the library to read and return Not so much There is just too much to each week I could really only process a ew weeks at a time I spent some time lipping through Dear Data in a ew different sessions It s great But it s not engaging in a sit down and read it cover to cover way I primarily lipped through the book to observe the types and styles of data While I ound it interesting how they translated their lives into a orm 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 ascinating and the various ways we can translate that information but the personal details of these two women just did not interest me as much as data about my city my school people I know etc I enjoyed looking at how each woman visualized the data she collected After a while it got a little boring I borrowed this book rom the library and had it or several weeks but didn t inish it before it had to go back. Composed of data visualisations in place of words The result is described as “a thought provoking visual east”. ,
Ionalized associations and this made or a harder interpretation I DID LIKE HOW BOTH OF THE AUTHORS HAD did like how both of the authors had own distinct visual languageIt took me a considerable amount of time to read this book which I didn t expect it doesn t read like a conventional coffee table book even though it s ormatted like that because I kept on examining details about the data It was un I liked it how they also tried to make it slightly meta and refer back to the project itself or each other on as many cards as possible and having a consistent color or thatThere
Was Also An Immigration Theme Running Through The Book Whichalso an immigration theme running through the book which nice to see though kind of different rom my experiences because both authors moved rom one Western country to
anotheri liked that they examined their own tendenciesliked that they examined their own tendencies self deprecation and overapologizing I was wondering if that would happen while I was reading and then it did Very coolSomething that I did not see coming was just how much alcohol they consumed and often to excess This came up even in non drinking related data I guess this is a content warning that I did not see mentioned anywhere elseOverall I would like even people to do something like this can data art become ashionable Is it ashionable already I constantly had the I want to try something like this too eeling while reading which does mean that ultimately the book worked or meI would have liked to see not just data but also a tiny bit of uantitative analysis Just vague correlations or something maybe a bit of curve itting contingency tables etc as appropriate But this is their book not my book if it were my book I would do all sorts of stuff like that and I d spend not just a ew hours each week on the project but a ew days lol sighThere wasn t a lot of ualitative analysis either Both data visualisation artists who met at a data conference and chose to keep in touch by sending weekly postcards. .
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five stars honestly i really do this bookstars honestly I really do This book 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 lick through it it s one of the most wonderful reads I have partaken in I love the way it is through It It S One Of it s one of most wonderful reads I have partaken in I love the way it is 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 ollowing dear data online or a little while now and it s so amazing to have a physical copy of these wonderful postcards Great concept two designers who work a lot with data pick a theme each week or 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 riendship building and they refer to it in the text as kind of bothThe execution didn t always work or me I often had the eeling both authors tried to move away rom very pictorial visualizations and the resultant abstract representations could be hard to interpret without constantly looking back and orth between the image and the legend The same or colors I reuently had the impression that the colors were picked or the image to have a harmonious but slightly offbeat color scheme even at the expense of unctionality For example I don t necessarily want men to be light blue and women to be pink on a data visualization G d orbid but sometimes it elt like the authors were deliberately trying not to use any sort of convent. The book explores the role that data plays in our lives and originates rom a correspondence between the two authors.