Observe, Collect, Draw!: A Visual Journal


Observe, Collect, Draw! offers 160 illustrated pages that the reader/user/journalist fills out with the minutiae of their life in data and drawings. Inspired by the creative process and popular success of Dear Data, it is a guided journal that offers a fresh approach to self-examination.

Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi and collaborator Stefanie Posavec created their second book to invite others to discover the delights of using data as a tool for observation, self-discovery, and communication. Observe is a visual journal for a general audience that describes how to collect and visualize data from everyday life. A guided diary, it teaches the user how to notice and record day-to-day happenings and minutiae in a unique visual language of their own devising.

Sections provide instructions on “learning to see,” “observing, collecting, drawing,” and “crafting your visual language.” In addition to pages on such typical journal subjects as “Emotions,” “My travels,” and “Beauty,” it invites the user to track data on more unusual topics like “What my camera sees,” “Feeling confident,” “My inbox and “My closet!” And rather than convert the notations to numbers or charts, the book teaches how to develop an original graphic language and use data as a medium of creative expression.

Observe, Collect, Draw! is geared toward people interested in self-improvement, curious about personal data collection, looking to expand their creative outlets, or learning a different way of drawing.

Textured hardcover | 160 pages | Princeton Architectural Press | 2018

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist, and entrepreneur. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York where she is the Creative Director. After receiving her Masters in Architecture, she earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where in 2017 she also was commissioned to create an original site-specific piece. Her TED TALK on her Humanistic approach to Data has over one million views. She is co-author of Dear Data and of the interactive book Observe, Collect, Draw – A Visual Journal. She recently joined MIT Media Lab as a Director’s Fellow. She lives in New York.

Stefanie Posavec moved to London from Denver, CO, in 2003 and never went home. She is a designer, artist, and author whose practice focuses on finding new and experimental approaches for the communication of data and information. These projects range from being physical, danceable, wearable, experiential, and often use a human-scaled, hand-crafted approach. This work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including the V&A, the Design Museum, Somerset House, and the Wellcome Collection (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), and MoMA (New York). She was Facebook’s first data-artist-in-residence at their Menlo Park campus, and recent art residencies include the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Her work is also in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

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