Dear Data (2016) by Georgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec

Data Portrait


Create a data portrait out of a personal habit of yours.


For Assignment 6, you will spend a week tracking a personal habit of yours to create a data-self portrait. Choose the personal habit mindfully — you will need to collect 20 ~ 50 data points for this assignment. Record the data onto a numbered list everytime it happens, and translate the list into array in p5.js. Animate your data self-portrait using any of the programming concepts you’ve learned in this class. Include an instruction on your CC portfolio to teach your audience how to read your data self-portrait.

Design Constraint

Canvas Size: 600 * 600


Part 1 : Due 10/8

  1. Decide what kind of data you’d like to track, and collect two days worth of data in the form of a numbered list. Be prepared to share this in CC Lab.

Part 2: Due 10/12

  1. Present your idea & data in CC Lab, and translate your numbered list into an array during class.
  2. Once you have gathered seven days worth of data, animate your data portrait using any programming concepts you’ve learned in CC.
    • On your CC portfolio page, please include the following:
    • A description of your Data Portrait. What was the personal habit you were trying to track?
    • An instruction for the viewers on how to read your data portrait.
    • Describe your design process. Include your numbered list and any other sketches or images that would help us better understand your process.
      Your overall reflection on the assignment:
    • What did you learn about yourself through the process of self-tracking?
    • What was gained / lost through the process of data visualization?

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your sketch to two places:

  1. Submit the sketch to the CC Lab class Canvas Assignment 6
  2. Add the sketch to your Critical Computation portfolio