I recently came across a project by two women on the opposite sides of the Atlantic called Dear Data. They had only met twice, but shared a number of things and common and wanted to get to know each other better. Instead of opting for the standard email correspondence, they decided to do so through postcards.
Both women work work with data, using a hand-crafted and illustrative approach to create data visualizations. So when they started Dear Data, it was obvious to them both that they would communicate through data visualisations.
Each week they collect and measure a particular type of data about their lives and use this data to create a drawing on a postcard, and then drop the postcard in an English “postbox” (Stefanie) or an American “mailbox” (Giorgia).
“We are really just doing what artists have done for ages … we are trying to capture the life unfolding around us, but instead we are capturing this life through sketching the hidden patterns found within our data.”
Check out some of my favourites below
Dear Data: A year of data visualizations