I had been anxiously awaiting the release of Dear Data from the moment I heard of it’s two artists and their weekly data visualization project. In all honesty, this project was the inspiration for our own Whiteboard Data Visualization venture.
Dear Data is as beautiful as it is thought provoking, and makes for a superb addition to any data enthusiast’s collection. The publication itself, serves as a chronicle for the visualizations sent between the two authors over one year’s time. Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi illustrated weekly data onto postcards and send them to each other [from New York to London and back again].
The data varies depending on the topics they chose to illustrate; from organization, to time, to thanks and more.
Dan’s Favorite Visualization
It wasn’t long before Lynsey stole the book from me. I think these visualizations spoke to each of us quite differently. For me, it’s all about the data and the really gritty, sometimes messy data collection. It’s transforming that chaos into something totally complete and finite that keeps me coming back for more. As a graphic designer, Lynsey was drawn in by the use of color and the hand lettering. But it wasn’t long before she was noticing the nuances of their detailed data collection and the insightful observations they made based on it.
Lynsey’s Favorite Visualization
It’s safe to say we thoroughly enjoyed this book. We don’t have a coffee table, but it may be time to invest in one just to give this title its proper display spot. In the meantime, we’ll keep thumbing through it when in need of inspiration. Dear Data appeals to designers and data scientists alike. It’s a beautifully rendered marriage of artistic and nerdtastic. Maybe that’s why we like it so much…