Visualizing Artisanal Data!
This month’s #SWDChallenge by guest author, Mike Cisneros, inspired me to put to use a data sample I tracked in Observe, Collect, Draw: A Visual Journal by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. If you haven’t yet picked up this book, I encourage you to do so! It’s a diary that inspires you to collect data on anything and everything, making you appreciate all of the details in your life. I also bought Dear Data by the same authors. Dear Data is a beautifully illustrated book of postcards Giorgia and Stefanie exchanged with each other for a full year. It’s hard to try to describe just how beautiful and unique these books are! My advice: Just be sure to buy Dear Data in the Flexibound format (instead of the ebook format) for the best experience.
Here is a page showing the data I collected on books that I own and could readily find in my house. I stopped collecting the data when I ran out of room on the page.
My first attempt to visualize the data was a good example of practicing clean design but it lacked the interesting detail and personality of my handwritten data.
Cole gave me some great advice on how to improve my chart:
So I went back and added annotations and images that helped tell more of a story about my data:
I have a hard time leaving well enough alone and I want to track more data on my reading in order to improve my reading comprehension, so who knows where this will lead!