Plastic 7

The data I used to create a tangible self portrait are the total amount of disposable plastic products I consumed for seven days a week, by collecting the round lids of the products (often take-out coffee and food). I intended to tell the story of not only myself using plastic, but rather, where plastic comes from, and where it goes after we use it.

I researched for various data sets about the process of plastic production, consumption, and disposal. Seven sets were eventually chosen for each day of my week of using plastic. They include the percentage of oil each year to produce plastic, the various usage of plastic, the amount that’s recycled, etc.

In the visualization process, each plastic lid was used differently to reflect the data, sometimes as a pie chart, other times they represent one unit in time or quantity. I chose the hand-drawn style because I have noticed the unique way it leads attention from the audience.

Unusual Self Portrait

I made a self portrait with the “unusual soft skill” we introduced ourselves in the first class.


An interesting synchronous online platform I recently paid attention to was It is an online live streaming platform where anyone can register and start streaming, meanwhile the audience who watch the streaming have the opportunity to not only comment, click “like”s, give flowers, but also donate actual money. I was introduced to it because a friend of mine was making a documentary about the interactions happening on and off this platform, between rich and poor, between the beautiful girls streaming and the migrant workers who worship her and donate half of his monthly wage to her. Because of the involvement of finance, this platform reflects some real social interactions in modern China. Beyond that, having all those interactions happening within one screen seemed also challenging to me, technically.