These beautiful, hand-drawn infographics capture the patterns of life

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Princeton Architectural Press

Every week for a year, designers Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec sent each other postcards charting something in their lives, from laughter to travel to phone addiction.

The result, collected in “Dear Data” from Princeton Architectural Press, is beautiful and thought-provoking.

“What emerges is a case for the beauty of small data and its deliberate interpretation, analog visualization, and slow transmission,” Maria Popova writes in the foreword, “a celebration of the infinitesimal, incomplete, imperfect, yet marvelously human details through which we wrest meaning out of the incomprehensible vastness of all possible experience that is life.”

Check out a sampling below.


Giorgia charts how often she checks the time and why.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts when she checks the time and how.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts a week of complaints.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts a week of complaints.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her phone addiction.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts her phone addiction.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her desires.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts her desires.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her image of New York.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie maps her image of London.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia diagrams her wardrobe.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie diagrams her wardrobe.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts the beauty she encounters in a week.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts the beauty she encounters in a week.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her laughter.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Giorgia charts her laughter.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her iPhone apps.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi

Stefanie charts her iPhone apps.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Giorgia charts her goodbyes.

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Giorgia Lupi

Here’s the key.

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Stefanie Posavec

Stefanie charts her goodbyes.

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Stefanie Posavec

Here’s the key.

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Giorgia Lupi