This was an interesting challenge for me. Keeping in mind letting the data tell the story instead of choosing the most interesting bit of data ourselves, and also the encouragement to discard extraneous data, I actually let go of most of the data I had collected that I found personally interesting (photos of my bed, musings about food and how much I got up, how sick I was, etc) to keep focused on the clearest story that the data wanted to tell.
The story: Your sleep cycle trumps your wishful thinking that you can conquer it. Basically, that there was a steep learning curve in one week about when to go to sleep instead of trying to induce sleep (and change my sleep cycle) by going to bed earlier. When I stopped fighting it, and in retrospect, I can see that I tend to always fall asleep at the same time, have the same hours of sleep, and wake up at the same time regardless of the other pieces of data (how hungry I was, how much I moved, etc).
It was sort of disappointing having such a simple story when there were more “fun” pieces of random data in there, which would have been more easily captured in a storyboard or scenario, but then again, it was learning something new to ruthlessly cut, cut, cut.
Definitely one thing I’d want to add in this looking back is a snarky headline, to capture the insight in words – I loved some of the topics that the other students had.
I thought your graph was really interesting! The story of trying to re-adjust your sleep schedule really came through visually. I’m glad you made a note that told the story of the graph, too – I think I would have had a harder time understanding what was going on otherwise. I like how you connect your title with the the key – it allows you to maintain a clean, simple look without adding distracting elements.
Thanks, Sara! I’d love to know what piece of information from my story you found useful that wasn’t in the graph. It’ll be helpful for me to think what might be good to add back in. It’s sort of like working out to slim down and tone up (that data!) and then having the luxury to think what you can bring back into your diet.
Han, a very clear simple and understandable story.
My one critique is that the individual dots, while clear in showing what your sleep cycle is, makes it hard to compare individual times on different days.
This is a good simple graphic, and I got it immediately although I enjoyed reading your paragraph at the start. I think I did the same and tried too hard to keep as much data as possible when I should have followed my instinct like you and discard the extraneous data, so well done and good job on having the will to cut out data that did not fuel your story.
Hi David! I think you offer to much credit for me. I’m in the same boat as you — I wish it were an instinct to know how to minimize, but I think it’s sort of lifting weights. eventually maybe it won’t feel so difficult for either of us. Thank you for the feedback.
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Very clean and tidy. I will agree with Zach that a colour filled version might have been easier to read. I also like the connection between the title and the graph that falls under the use less, however I did miss that the first time, before you gave it away to me. I would also change versus to accentuate the battle, as now it appears part of the awake phase. Overall mission accomplished!
Thanks, John and Zach. yes, I really wanted to add color but I restrained it because I think the time was extraneous in the end so minimized calling attention to it. But I do like the idea of highlighting the versus for the battle effect.
I love this Han – it’s clean, simple and tells a story and I like that you kept it black and white. I know what you mean about discarding information, I did the same thing – photos, last line I read before I fell asleep etc. they all had to go
Thank you, Sarah — it’s very meaningful to me to know I was able to achieve some simplicity that engages. I can understand from your work that it’s also something that you’re willing to do — a lot of work on the outset and careful editing to make sure what’s delivered is simple and of value. Thanks again!
I like the way you use contrast to convey the message, it is very clear and powerful and funny
I do feel that some of the text is a bit small to read
Thank you for letting me know that it’s not only clear — but also powerful and funny! The last is especially important. I tried to take a step away from logically processing this (and most likely putting it in a very regimented order) and just enjoy the story for myself. I’m glad that instinct was able to be shared too — humor is important to me.
I really like the fact that you took the receipts a step further and connected the purchased items to life.
My only point to this would be that Super Ruth for me is on the right
I agree — real Ruth is always more appealing than Super Ruth.
I like the way you interpreted the receipt data and I could see this as a rough visual for a photographic spread in a magazine… There’s a hint of “angelic” good intentions versus “devilish” temptation which colour might have helped you achieve. I really like this, it has legs, as we used to say in marketing!
Thank you, Jonathan, that’s a good point. Sometimes when working as a “designer” or “researcher,” we might lose sight of the many other roles and experiences we might have had that we can draw upon. Thinking about this as a photographic spread immediately calls to mind my work as an art director/magazine editor — and looking at strategic info design through that lens (and in fact thinking about how everyone not only sees strategically designed info, but also creates it in some way) makes it much simpler and fun how to engage with others. Thanks again.
I had a very deep impression about this especially after listened to your explanation. It was very interesting cause you use the different way to tell the story by compare. And I really love your hand drawing! and the hair can show her position, I love the details you drew.
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