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Tuesday 25 September 2012

The Data Necklace

Twitter necklaces aren't really 'my thing'. I don't want @sianysianysiany on a necklace and I don't want a little Twitter bird necklace. But a Data Necklace? This is a whole different ballgame.

"Much of what we do on a daily basis leaves a digital record of our activity behind us."

Tweets, texts, emails, Facebook messages that may or may not be visible to everyone, Foursquare check-ins. We're creating data all the time, without even thinking about it. With a little care and attention, it turns out to be rather pretty.

The Data Necklace was designed and created by Stef Lewandowski are made using software that shows how often specific words show up on your Twitter account, then those results are used to form the jewellery, with some of the tweets on the pieces of acrylic. It's totally personal to you, but it's so much more than just a personalised necklace. A personalised necklace will tell a total stranger what your name is, a Data Necklace means you can wear a snapshot of your life - who you are, who you love, what makes you happy.

Prices for these fabulous necklaces are kicking off at £150, and once 50 people have pre-ordered Stef can start producing them (and they will, I have no doubt about that). I think he's done something really special - data and technology are part of our lives now, we don't even think about the tweets we send or the messages we leave behind. But they have such a huge influence in design as well as in our everyday lives, it's lovely to see something beautiful come out of that.

Paul Clarke took these images, he's excellent so do be sure to check out his work. And his awesome red hair.

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