Did You Miss Me?

A visualization of my personal menstrual cycle and accompanying symptoms for the year of 2020. (Made in 2021)

Date

Through gathering and keeping track of my own menstrual cycle in 2020, I used my findings to create this infographic which tells me more about my personal cycle. Creating this chart for my Information Design class, I wanted to design something that can provoke and start discussion with such a personal and taboo topic, despite it being completely normal for half the population.

Mar 2021 - Apr 2021

Tools

Illustrator, Photoshop

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To create something so empowering to myself, not only does it provide more information about my body and my own personal experiences, but to me, it also opens a wider perspective to the public about menstrual cycles.

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My regular use of an IOS mobile app to track my cycle allowed me to noticed that it gives a summary of each symptom on its own, however, the user cannot see a full visual of how all the symptoms affect them within the year. To approach this problem, I gathered the separate information of each symptom and thought about how I could put this all into one visualization that can be informational for a user such as myself.

The piece titled “Did You Miss Me?” uses the title to play on the anxiety and stress that many women may feel about their menstrual cyclem, whether it be an unexpected missed period, or a reularly unregular period. The colour palettle I chose overall reflects the usual colours one would think of when a period is mentioned in relation to the blood and PMS such as a red, aggressive colour.

From this project, I’ve learned to gather and analyze data that is available to me, and turn that information into a meaningful piece of artwork that reflects an important aspect of the female population.

Process

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Take a look at my full rationale and process book