Dear Data Postcard Project

A hand-drawn personal data visualization correspondence exchange between artists Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

“Dear Data,” an “analog data drawing project” founded and conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, is essentially a personal data visualization correspondence exchange between the aforementioned artists, illustrated by hand on postcards. Lupi in Brooklyn and Posavec in London sent each other a postcard each week for a year. The 104 postcards are now a book in two editions—one for the US and one …

Data Simulation Depicting the Average American Day

Using data from the American Time Use survey of 2014, statistician Nathan Yau developed a fascinating data visualization depicting the average day for Americans. Resembling a Hungry Hungry Hippos game, the simulation uses tiny dots to represent citizens as they move from sleep to work to nighttime leisure, with about 96% of people fast asleep at 3AM and roughly 40% working at 3PM. Watch the …

An Interactive Chart of American Names

The latest interactive data visualization by researcher Randal Olson offers some intriguing facts about popular American names. After selecting a gender and entering a search item, Olson’s experiment combs through Social Security records to estimate and plot a name’s popularity over the past 115 years. But unlike other name graphs, Olson’s tool also delineates the number of people bearing the name who are both living …