I met Chris because of this project. We’ve never seen each other in person. Our communication is limited to emails, Messenger chats, and a few video calls — in addition to sending postcards to each other. I had an idea how to showcase our comms on the postcard from the very start, though.
I collected transcripts of our conversation in a single text file. Then, using an online service, I generated a word cloud.
I wanted the card to show the words that we use most often when we talk. I must admit, this did not turn out the exact way I wanted. It was difficult for me to copy the exact size of the words from the word cloud. On the card, all the words have the same size. Regardless, this was one of the most time-consuming cards to draw so far!
For Stefanie and Giorgia — the creators of the original Dear Data project — week 9 was special. It was the first time for them to be in the same city at the same time. So naturally, they spent a lot time together. Jakub and I didn’t have the same opportunity. We were grounded during the pandemic, so travel was out of the question.
Most of our comms go through Facebook Messenger, so data gathering was trivial. I hardly made any notes. Everything was there in the conversation history.
I like the way the graph turned out. It’s readable and it resembles a view inside a conversation app — with a few additional data points.
I also love Jakub’s approach. This is likely my favorite postcard so far!