Data Stories #10 – Hand crafted data (with Stefanie Posavec)

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a long time since our last episode. Sorry, sorry, sorry! Moritz was/is busy with Emoto and the London Olympics, Enrico is moving (with the whole family) to New York City.

In this episode we have the honor to talk with “data illustrator” Stefanie Posavec. Stefanie makes fascinating hand-crafted visualization like: Literary Organism and (En)tangled Word Bank. Most of her work is done by hand, like the highlighted text of Keruac’s On The Road, and this is so intriguing that we wanted to know more about this process.

You can also see her recent Eyeo Festival 2012 talk to know more about how she works.

There’s a lot of food for thoughts in this episode and, sure enough, lots of fun! Here is the breakdown:

  • 00:00:00 Intro
  • 00:00:53 Olympic Effects – the emoto project (
  • 00:04:42 Enrico will move to NYC!
  • 00:07:08 Special guest today: Stefanie Posavec
  • 00:09:05 Literary Organism
  • 00:11:25 Hand-made! (art/design/craft?)
  • 00:14:36 Data Illustration
  • 00:19:12 Critique of data visualization, and the right framing of your work
  • 00:26:43 Tips for novices
  • 00:32:08 Manual effort creates “weight”?
  • 00:35:35 Work process – Measuring Kraftwerk and other projects
  • 00:45:27 Data analysis aspects
  • 00:47:50 Code vs manual layout – should Stef learn to code?
  • 00:55:40 More hand made data illustration projects
  • 00:58:10 Data cuisine workshop
  • 00:59:01 Skype problems
  • 01:00:13 Prints!

Have fun!

Enrico & Mo.

2 thoughts on “Data Stories #10 – Hand crafted data (with Stefanie Posavec)

  1. Fun talk :) a ray of hope for people who dnt know coding but swear by illustrator. At the end of it its about the passion you feel for the project I guess, the tool set will find its way. Thank you for this podcast.

    P.S. The Emoto project was impressive, enough data to play and experiment with till the next Olympics :)

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