HARD FACTS, SOFT INTERPRETATIONS.
Data Design, Graduation Project 2017
In the Netherlands, more than 577,000 children grow up with a parent with a mental disorder. Psychiatric disorders and addiction with a family member can cause a lot of obstacles to the safe development of a child, who has a three to thirteen times greater chance of developing a malfunction. In my own family, I see these figures come alive.
I have visualised my story through a timeline, genogram and relationships. I used the timeline as a way to make it easier to get in touch with other young people who grew up with a mentally ill parent. Besides valuable information, it also was an interesting method for visualising a complex personal story.
This is further elaborated into a form of ‘data therapy’. When you realise that your parent is sick, and not just “a little bit different” you need to adjust your image again. Using different methods, you can design your own story and map events, experiences and moments in your life in a visual way. You can complete it alone, or together with someone , in one go, or repeatedly.