Have you ever had a secret language or way in which you communicated with a close friend? Well, let us introduce you to the two award-winning information designers, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi. Ladies who have taken "being pen-pals" to a whole new level.
The two designers have only met each other twice thus far because Posavec lives in London, and Lupi resides in New York. They were both fascinated with each others design work, so they began a year-long analogue data-drawing collaboration project called Dear Data.
Every week for a year, the two has sent each other letters in a very particular data style. "Each week, and for a year, we collected and measured a particular type of data about our lives. We used this data to make a drawing on a postcard-sized sheet of paper, and then dropped the postcard in an English 'postbox' (Stefanie) or an American 'mailbox' (Giorgia)! Eventually, the postcard arrived at the other person's address with all the scuff marks of its journey over the ocean: a type of 'slow data' transmission."
Every week's postcard had a different theme of data. This data tracked everything and anything from "number of times you look at the time, and why you looked at it" to "a tally of different complaints and general grumpiness". Even such mundane topics like "types of doors I walked through" made the cut.
Each postcard is not only unique and creative, but they are also very informative, although it might not look like that at first. When seen side-by-side, the contrasting styles of Posavec and Lupi are heightened.
Lupi's designs are small, detailed, orderly and monochromatic. While Posavec prefers big, bold, and more abstract doodles.
The artists hope, with their newly published book showcasing their postcards next to each other, that it will "inspire you to slow down, take stock, and draw – to see the world through a new lens, where everything and anything can be a creative starting point for play, expression and connection."
Take a look below at a sample of their weekly postcards.