Beautiful Data: Elements of Happiness

happiness 11 Beautiful Data: Elements of HappinessLaura Javier, recent design graduate from Washington University in St. Louis has created an absolutely stunning 96 page book, visualizing over 72 years of adult development research from Harvard University.  It’s a lovely reminder of the humanity behind the bits.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest prospective study of mental and physical well-being ever conducted. For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 824 individuals through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. In this book, I’ve taken 10 representative case studies and visualized their salient character traits, personal timeline, social supports, and physical health to draw conclusions about “the happy life.”