Hope, a personal datavisualization

Hope is relative, in the sense that it has different connotations to people depending on their circumstances.

Coming from a western country, grown up in a white working-class family, college-educated, my hopes are not about the basic living conditions (like food, or a roof above my head), but more on mental, identity issues. Plus, I am seeing it from the perspective where I am now, at 47 years old, on an intense quest of figuring myself out.

Recent years had me confronted with my childhood trauma, my shortcomings, and some scary things happening. So, my own hopes have been focused on acknowledgement, a decent mental health, be more at peace with who I am, and especially with who I want to become. On a professional level as well.

It is in this light that I see the people in my life who gave me hope. Not just the ones present, but also who were there, at different points in my life when I got confronted with changes, choices, and uncertainty.

How to read

The elements in the visualization of the people who gave me hope all consist out of several layers which represent several properties.

which part of my life

The main layer is a ‘swirl’ which shows the length of my life from birth to ‘now’. The line is divided into different age-groups representing my life stages.

0-12 years old: from born to end of primary school, 13-18 years old: secondary (high-)school, 19-26 years old: college, 27-36 years old: working as public space designer, 37-46 years old: career switch to data illustrator, self-employed.