Over a nine month period, September 2016 through May 2017 - the duration of the academic year - this designer rated their 'happiness’ out of 10, using an automated email service.
The design elements of this printed piece reflect the ups-and-downs of perceived happiness as for each day of the academic year; the upper edge of the 18m long accordion-folding publication is a graph of the data; the colour that runs along the publication fluctuates from pink to blue as emotions changed; and the type ranges from bolder to lighter weights.
The reverse side follows the same time-line but includes a narrative of all the activities and exercises completed over the course of the academic year in exploration of the themes of life-logging and information design.
Quantify over Quality
Whether it’s happening consciously or unconsciously, almost every aspect of modern life is being measured. Why is this information collected and what is it used for? Through experimental life-logging, this project looks at what insights can be gleaned from such activities, with a particular emphasis on measuring an abstract concept – happiness.