For a university project, we were asked to make an inventory of all of our “stuff” (material possessions), be it furniture, vehicles, equipment, clothes, personal items, etc. We were to then create a rating system to organise these possessions by a value (or values) of our choosing – for example, price at purchase or sentimental value. Using this information, we were to create a visualisation that would become a portrait of our material life.
This piece visualises the sentimental value and everyday usefulness of my possessions. An exercise in information density, the main graphic unifies six measures of value:
- the item name
- the length of time I have possessed it (in months)
- the quantity I possess
- the sentimental value (represented by the circle size)
- the everyday usefulness (represented by the brightness of the circle)
- the relative distance of the item from my bedroom desk (not to scale)
I supplemented the main graphic with interesting tidbits I discovered while compiling my inventory, such as how I use my stuff and where it came from.