My bestie Hayley and I have recently been inspired by a designer named Giorgia Lupi, co-founder and design director of Accurat, to undertake the task of creating postcards made completely of infographics based on one topic, once a week, for the whole year!
The idea was to start to push ourselves creatively, not only to capture and visualise data (no matter how mundane) but also to go back to good old fashioned hand drawn/created work that relied on snail mail!
Giorgia's work is inspiring and beautiful but I didn't want to directly copy it. I wanted to put my own twist on the idea by trying to keep it illustrative and colourful.
The hardest task is to think of new and interesting topics each week and being disciplined enough to keep on track.
But it is amazing what happens when you start to focus on one small thing or task and then keep track of it. My favourite information graphic postcards that I have made so far have been those tracking my sleep, drinks, music, words and thoughts. These allowed me to push my creative skills and find new ways to show what I discovered.
Another small detail I have learned by working on this project concerns the weather! When you send a gouache painted postcard and it rains... it is going to run! The same goes for some of the pens I used. Also, the cards can get torn, bent or damaged, but it all adds to the experience.
I love waiting for the postman. He always asks me about the cards from Hayley and what they mean. He has asked to see mine a few times too! The walk to the village postbox takes about 20 minutes, but I enjoy the chance to stomp through the farmland and orchards, come rain or shine, to post my little postcard.
I am really enjoying this process, I will continue to update you on some of the designs I create.