If not for this project, I wouldn’t be collecting data about physical contact with other people. I like topic like this, because you can see how frequently you touch someone — in a time of a pandemic, it’s something good to know. Wonder how this postcard would’ve looked in “normal” times.
I was using Notes app on my phone to collect data. I was making note of the gender of the person I touched and the social context. My physical contacts stats were definitely dominated by greetings and goodbyes.
Drawing a postcard has become my Sunday ritual. I like it! My goal this week was to clearly visualize the number of people I came in contact with along with their genders. Contacts with my girlfriend, Agata, definitely stand out.
I wasn’t feeling too comfortable with this week’s topic. For two reasons.
Firstly, physical contact and touch — this is some intimate stuff. And not something I’d like to share publicly. I was surprised that Giorgia, from the original Dear Data project, went as far as sharing which parts of the body were touched! For me, that’s too much.
Secondly, the pandemic. The elephant in the room. Current circumstances limit the opportunities for any physical contact. And even if I meet someone in person, we usually don’t do handshakes anymore. Shaking hands has fallen out of favor, at least in Hong Kong.
All in all, the data I collected this week was scarce — by design. I didn’t want to go into too much detail. And didn’t have many data points anyway, due to the circumstances.
The postcard design this week is very simple. It’s almost like your typical column chart. I didn’t want to share too much 🙂.