#TShirtADay - A New Data Viz Project

(And a way to help entertain me during social distancing)

Posted by David Velleca on March 21, 2020

A New Project...

Yesterday, I started working from home for the foreseeable future. This means a few things... First, I'll be hiding out in the basement, trying to avoid the distractions that can come with home. Second, I don't *have to* wear my typical button up shirt or polo during this time. I know there's experts out there that suggest that you still make the effort to get dressed up even when working from home. Maybe they don't have as many t-shirts as I do.

From the time I was in elementary school, I was involved in several activities. Whether it was Special Chorus in fourth grade, StuCo around that same time, drama and band from sixth grade on or even Boy Scouts throughout my middle school and high school years, they all seemed to come with a t-shirt. Then I got to college where there were FREE t-shirts for just about anything. I probably didn't need to, but during that time, I was also buying additional shirts.

While I don't still wear (or have) many of those shirts, it started a pattern...I still really like t-shirts and seem to collect them. In my closet right now, I've probably got 40 to 50 t-shirts (if not more), but I probably only rotate through 10 or so.

So, let me get to the point. Over the next several weeks where I'll be working from home, I'm going to make a point of wearing a different t-shirt each day. I'll record some dimensional data about each shirt, and at the end of the day make a decision whether to:

  • Keep the shirt
  • Donate the shirt, or
  • Recycle the shirt (if it's either damaged or unsuitable for donation)

I'll be creating a quantified self viz and keeping it up to date on Tableau Public. Hoping this will entertain me while also helping me organize the closet a bit. Will really be interesting to see how many tees I have...

What are you doing to keep yourself entertained throughout self isolation/social distancing?