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London: ‘Cold’ data, warm heart: Data as a emotional design material

Stefanie Posavec will be talking about how she uses data-gathering and data-visualisation as a design process, taking seemingly ‘cold’ data and using it to communicate subjective and often emotional messages. Though her own projects, she will show how in an era of ever-increasing data, a designer has limitless possibilities to use this data to inform their own practice and output.

Stefanie is a designer for whom data is her favoured material, with projects ranging from data visualization and information design to data art commissions. 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 Southbank Centre, and Somerset House (London).
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 deemed the ‘Best Dataviz Project’ and the ‘Most Beautiful’ (the highest accolade) at the 2015 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, and a book of this project will be published in September 2016 by Particular Books (Penguin Random House UK).

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