HOW TO DATE
Data Visualisation / Publication Design / Experience Design
The project originally interrogates education, teaching and learning, challenge the current status of education, hence highlight an alternative way to learn.
The project falls into two parts. The first requires the designer to identify and learn something new, documenting the process and creating a designed outcome to communicate this learning journey. The second requires the designer to design a system that will teach this skill to the audience.
“There is a moment in my life I felt like everything I worked so hard for was meaningless if there is no one here to share with. I think I am done with waiting for romance, I am gonna look for it.”, that was my initial thought of choosing dating as my subject to learn and teach.
My learning journey was documented in two different approaches. Firstly, as an emotional approach, I kept a hand-written diary every day over the project period to record my instant emotions and thoughts. Secondly, as a rational approach, I wanted to zoom out and abstract the dating experiences into qualitative and quantitative data. By analysing the dataset, it helped me to reflect on myself from a more subjective viewpoint. Also by further data analysis, I tried to identify patterns and correlations between categories.
Finally, I believe that everyone is unique and special and I appreciated the chances for me being able to meet those people in my life. The illustrations in the first publication are the love letters that I designed for everyone dated with me in this project. The drawings were created by a combination of data visualisation and their personal interests and stories.
Dating was hard because there are no universal answers. From my journey of learning how to date, I learnt a lot from my self-reflections of my own dating experiences. To know myself and the secret of dating in more depth, I performed an experimental 4 minutes speed dating as a real experience without boundaries, aimed to encourage people to shift back to the relationship and communication in real life. Being active means being confident to make the first move, open up yourself first, say something first and be willing to listen first.
By the end of each date, I asked my dating partner to give me feedback in the form of qualitative and quantitative data. And the dataset was then analyzed logically and visualised artistically. The aim was to discover yourself through numbers, identify patterns of my preferences and performance, hence improve my dating skills eventually.
The Dating Diary designed as my teaching outcome acts as a recording and self-reflecting tool for the audience to take way and use in their own dates. There are nine main categories they can measure themselves, hence track the pattern and identity areas they will need to focus on working.