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A search for the boundaries between the informative and artistic power in data visualisation. A melding of the scientific and emotional. How can … Read More
A search for the boundaries between the informative and artistic power in data visualisation. A melding of the scientific and emotional. How can we make (usually boring) graphs visually appealing? In the project 100.data.days. was my life hundred days devoted to data visualization. During this period I collected every day personal data with a visualization for each day. In this way I’ve created diary with a hundred different data visualizations. Each visualisation tells a story about my life. For each visualization, the informational value and artistry were analyzed. The combination of these two extremes continues to fascinate me. In today's information culture is good visualization of data all the more important as their quantity increases: without artistic transformation, the communicative value of data will be lost in the crowd. The hundredth and last data visualization is a poster. All 99 previous data visualizations are visualised on an x-axis (informative value) and a y-axis (artistic). The size of the circles indicates how long I’ve worked on the respective visualization. Folded, this last data visualization is the cover of the books. I collected the data, made the visualisations, did the editorial design, bounded these books and I've made these pictures. Read Less
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100 days
100 times data
100 visualisations
100 stories
100 times me
 
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A hunt for the borders between the informative and artistic in data visualisation. A mixture of the scientific and instictive. How can we turn (generally dull) graphics into something visually attractive?
 
In the project 100.data.days. I spent a hundred days of my life working on data visualisation. During this period I gathered personal data on daily basis. Every day I've made a data visualisation about my data. So a dairy came about with a hundred different data visualisations, which each tell their own story about my life. The information and artistic value of eacht visualisation were then analysed.
 
The combination of these two extremes continues to fascinate me. In the current information culture the visualisation of data is increasingly important as it expands in quantity: without artistic transformation the communicative value of data is lost in the mass.
 
The hundredth and last data visualisation is a poster. All 99 previous data visualisations are visualised on an x-axis (informative value) and a y-axis (artistic). The size of the circles indicates how long I’ve worked on the respective visualisation. Folded, this last data visualisation is the cover of the books.
 
 
Because I wanted to do this project for 100 days in a row, I had no rest day. Every day I visualized data and I collected data for the next day. Besides of that, I had to think about which data I was going to collect the next day.
Yes, it was quite heavy.
 
This project gave me a lot of creative satisfaction. But beside of that I’ve learned much about myself. I was shocked by the number of calories in hot chocolate and the large quantity of water I consumed when I was showering.
People looked really weird to me when I was counting all the steps that I took or when I noted the time when locked the car. I really discourage anyone to do a project like this for 100 days. But you will learn a lot about yourself if you will do a project like this for a week (or two).
 
I collected the data, made the visualisations, did the editorial design, bounded these books and I've made these pictures.
 
100.data.days. is a part of my masterthesis.
Check www.lucvankan.nl for bigger pictures.
 
translation: a period of my life in which I've made a data visualisation every day, of personal data
day 1: driving in my car
day 2: zzz...
day 3: whatsapp?
day 4: let's see
day 5: run luc, run
day 5: run luc, run (detail)
day 6: behance network
day 7: cooking
day 8: moment suprême
day 9: let it snow
day 10: using liquids
 
day 10: using liquids (detail)
day 11: up and down
day 12: can't stop thinking about you
day 13: so cold outside
day 14: reading the newspaper
day 14: reading the newspaper (detail)
day 15: songs on the radio
day 15: songs on the radio (detail)
day 16: two goals
day 17: a-z
day 17: a-z (detail)
day 18: how I like my coffee
day 19: charging
day 20: people wearing clothes
 
day 21: wasting my time
day 22: checking the mail
day 22: checking the mail (detail)
day 23: what I want/need
day 24: bon appetit
day 24: bon appetit (detail)
day 25: more snow
day 26: only nine more days
day 27: left, right, straight ahead
day 28: what to wear
day 28: what to wear (datails)
day 29: the sun is a shining star
day 29: the sun is a shining star (detail)
day 30: tired of tires
day 31: wake up, luc
day 32: presentation tuesday
day 32: presentation tuesday (detail)
day 33: stop snow
day 34: spring is in the air
day 34: spring is in the air (detail)
day 35: visitations
day 36: spending money
day 37: my facebookfriends
day 37: my facebookfriends (detail)
day 38: pay the bill
day 39: flight to Bilbao
day 40: cheers
day 41: say cheese
day 42: back to Holland
day 43: no energy
day 44: happy birthday
day 44: happy birthday (datail)
day 45: easter eggs
day 46: hi, it's me
day 47: I love sushi
day 48: rest in peace
day 49: following/followers
day 50: visualisation #50
day 50: visualisation #50 (detail)
day 51: damn hot
day 51: damn hot (detail)
day 52: abc
day 52: abc (detail)
day 53: received postcards
day 53: received postcards (detail)
day 54: driving around
day 55: healty food
day 56: feeling so down
day 57: annoying cyclists
day 57: annoying cyclists (detail)
day 58: 5th class 08
day 59: seven years of love
day 59: seven years of love (detail)
day 60: emoticons
day 61: g-g-g-zg
day 62: get lucky
day 62: get lucky (detail)
day 63: look around
day 63: look around (detail)
day 64: books
day 65: hungry & thirsty
day 66: projects
day 67: bye bye barca
day 67: bye bye barca (detail)
day 68: shoes make the man
day 69: summer fruits
day 70: haircut needed
day 71: dad's birthday
day 72: I've got mail
day 73: do you like me?
day 73: do you like me? (detail)
day 74: new king
day 75: the big five
day 76: www
day 76: www (detail)
day 77: data in a cup
day 78: burning sun
day 79: freedom
day 80: 80 / 20
day 81: my words on twitter
day 81: my words on twitter (detail)
day 82: missing brothers
day 82: missing brothers (detail)
day 83: making animation
day 84: too stressful
day 85: one more week
day 86: happy mother's day
day 86: happy mother's day (detail)
day 86: happy mother's day (detail 2)
day 87: we are family?
day 88: teletext
day 88: teletext (detail)
day 88: teletext (detail 2)
day 89: drinks
day 89: drinks (detail)
day 90: ziggo
day 91: move on
day 92: can't wait
day 93: send and receive
day 93: send and receive (detail)
day 94: images
day 95: buttons
day 95: buttons (detail)
day 96: eight hundred?
day 97: boiling point
day 98: hi, deadlines!
day 98: hi, deadlines! (detail)
day 99: almost fin
day 100: all visualisations (book cover)