How do you visualize the life cycle of listening? From March 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018 I tried to do just that. I tracked every song on my rotating Songs Du Jour playlist, then used that data to create an infographic. Now, I could actually look at my listening habits – in full color.
Songs Du Jour is, simply, the playlist that contains all the songs I’m into at the moment. When I am bored of a song or find myself skipping it, I take it off the list.
I wasn't sure what it would look like when I started. I knew my goal was to pack as much relevant information as I possibly could into the graphic. However, I also had to maintain a clean design that told a story at a glance.
if you want to peruse the entire march 2017-march 2018 spreadsheet, you can download the pdf.
One of the reasons I started this project was to do a project that involved a large set of raw data. I started by asking myself a bunch of questions: "how many songs do I keep on the playlist in a year?" or "how often do I add songs du jour songs to another playlist?" (A lot of my listening is playlist-based.) As the project continued I found new questions emerging, like "what was Spotify's most successful Discover playlist?" or "do I still add songs when I'm traveling or visiting my family?".