Stefanie Posavec

Information Designer

As a designer, Stefanie uses data-gathering and data-visualization as a design process, taking seemingly “cold” data and using them to communicate warm, subjective and often emotional messages. She will talk about her explorations in making data more engaging, memorable, and accessible to a lay audience new to data and will show how in an era of ever-increasing data, a designer can, through channeling their inner “anorak”, use this data to inform their own practice and output, and begin to view data through a more human-focused lens in the process.

Purple

Conference Room

1

June

18.00

English

DEAR DATA

She recently completed a year-long drawing project with Giorgia Lupi (based in NYC) called Dear Data, where each week they gathered and drew their data on a postcard to send to the other. This project was nominated for the London Design Museum’s illustrious Designs of the Year 2016 exhibition, and a book of this project is published by Particular Books (Penguin Random House UK) and Princeton Architectural Press (USA). The 104 postcards and sketchbooks that form the project are held in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

She says about it: “Each week, and for a year, we collected and measured a particular type of data about our lives, 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.”

STEFANIE POSAVEC

Stefanie Posavec is a designer for whom data is her favored material, with projects ranging from data visualization and information design to commissioned data art. Her personal work focuses on non-traditional representations of data derived from language, literature or scientific topics, often using a hand-crafted approach. This work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including MoMA (New York), CCBB (Rio de Janeiro), the Science Gallery (Dublin), the V&A, the Design Museum, the Science Museum, The Southbank Centre and Somerset House (London). In 2013 she was Facebook's first data-artist-in-residence at their Menlo Park campus.

She recently completed a year-long drawing project with Giorgia Lupi (based in NYC) called Dear Data, where each week they gathered and drew their data on a postcard to send to the other. This project was nominated for the London Design Museum’s illustrious Designs of the Year 2016 exhibition, and a book of this project is published by Particular Books (Penguin Random House UK) and Princeton Architectural Press (USA). The 104 postcards and sketchbooks that form the project are held in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.