This project is a visualized sequence of my electronic communications from one week. The seven bars represent the seven 24-hour periods from that week. The upper half of each day represents incoming interactions and the bottom represents outgoing. The red lines represent email, the blue is text messaging, the yellow is instant messaging and the green is phone calls. The grayed-out area of each day represents the time periods during which I was asleep.
The end result looks quite like barcodes to me, especially if all the lines were black and the background were white. It’s almost as if I could scan the barcode for April 12th, 2014 and receive a record of all my electronic communications from that day.
In comparison to live person-to-person communication, electronic communication methods are precise and recordable. I wanted to visualize this quantifiable information. Electronic communication leaves records in the form of chat history and email threads. All of these interactions have timestamps— they’re snapshots of communication.
- The majority of my communication is through email.
- I received one call throughout the entire week.
- Thursday was the most active day with 132 interactions.
- Saturday was the least active day with 71 interactions. People actually do take a break during the weekends
I began by collecting the timestamps of all my electronic communication in a spreadsheet. After a time-intensive test run of hand placing a hundred lines in Illustrator, I turned to Processing to create the visualizations by converting the timestamps into arrays of values to be plotted. And here they are:
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