Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Data visualization fashion

Giorgia Lupi never ceases to amaze me. Her latest project is a fashion collection based on data sets created by three pioneering women scientists, Ada Lovelace, Rachel Carson, and Mae Jemison.

I love seeing data visualization used in unexpected ways: in public spaces, physical objectsfine art, or wearables. I have the hunch that such initiatives help demystify the field and bring more attention to it.

Giorgia's collection is already sold out, which is hardly surprising; I want this sweater; maybe I could pair it with a tie that Michele Banks gave me as a gift a while ago:

You can read more about this project here, here, and here. Side note: A passage from a Vogue piece annoyed me a bit because it repeats tired stereotypes designers and journalists are still too fond of (italics mine):
As an information designer, Lupi is known around the world for her singular, artful approach to data: Instead of relying on hollow charts and graphs, she creates beautiful hand-drawn prints that lend a “human” touch to sterile numbers and statistics.
There's nothing “hollow” about common charts and graphs, and there's nothing intrinsically “sterile” about numbers and statistics. If we perceive them that way it's likely because we don't know how to read them well.