Project #1: The Quantified Self

A photo is never an objective reflection, but always an interpretation of reality. I see data visualisation as sort of a new photojournalism - a highly editorial activity.

Design Goal

The project was designed by combining data visualization with traditional books, with the goal of spreading the concept of ‘quantified self’ better. For this project, I tried to use the form of charts and pictures to deepen the user’s understanding and feeling of the data.

Formulate personal brief

  1. I use my mobile phone for a long time, and the average daily length of a week in not less than 14 hours.
  2. I use my phone to read e-books anywhere and anytime.
  3. The average reading time per week is not less than 25 hours.

According to my daily use of mobile phones, I found that I have a long-term habit of using mobile phones to read. Therefore, I have summarized my habit of reading on a mobile phone and my use of fragmented time. I found that when using a mobile phone to read, I will share my thoughts and understanding of the sentences in the book, and will pay attention to reading together. People in this book understand the sentences and the whole book. So I determined the research data as fragmented time and common reading era.

Co-reading survey

After investigation, I learned that this reading method is called co-reading. This reading method has opened a new era of reading. Co-reading is between online social and real social. Through the reading app, we will bring strange relationships closer, find like-minded book friends, and at the same time, strengthen the reality by sharing books and ideas. Communication between friends. The use of fragmented time is more reasonable, from extensive scattered reading to deep immersive reading.

Confirm Theme

Mobile reading in the co-reading era and utilization of fragmentation time.

Data Collection

I collected data on the use of mobile phone reading for co-reading and fragmented time usage from 26 Jan 2020 to midnight on Sunday 02 Feb 2020.

Secondary Research & PACT

I conducted a survey on common reading habits and the length of time I use mobile phones to read, which can help me better determine the target audience.

Through the second study, the public’s reading habits and scattered time were clarified, and the content of PACT was confirmed.
Person: People who are used to reading on mobile phones.
Activity: Make better use of debris time.
Context: Co-reading is more reasonable.
Technology: brochures and big data analysis.

Determine the display method

After sorting out the data, I do brainstorming to determine the type of data that the user is interested in and the relationship between the data, and established the way the data is displayed and the type of chart through the graphic idea.

Visual Display – Data poster

I divided the graph into two, and the left shows the emotional changes during reading. On the right I use four different chart types to show the percentage of reading time, the number of readings per day, the daily cost of reading, the number of times a friend shared a book, the number of ideas and comments shared, and the number of likes.

After Crit

After the tutorial with the tutor, I got some valuable proposals. Considering the diversity of users and the way of publicity, to make the data display more transparent and let more people understand the benefits of co-reading, I chose to use the form of books for a more complete design.

Book display – interactive book

I broke the book’s inherent display form and designed the book to have two interactive ways. The first is to follow the original interaction method of the book, the second is to disassemble the book, and each page can become a new poster. I think this can add a certain amount of fun and counteract the boring nature of pure data.


I learned to quantify myself through reasonable data statistics and analysis, and tried new book interactions.

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