introspective turmoil, boring charts, comedy — we’ve experienced all of these things, usually individually. @realifecharts is michelle rial’s resourcefully low-budget, polyamorous instagram-wedding of the three. with a handful of small, shaky lines, some all caps’d text, an oval or two, and ironically corporate scatter plots, venn diagrams and pie charts, she describes first-world-growing-pains — things like germ-anxiety, caffeine dependency, and farting. her results are quantifiably hilarious charts, the hard data she’s gathered, while fiddling with headphones on the train.

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rial reminds us that, sometimes, the success of a relationship is as predictable as the 90 degree angle on an allen key. she turns debatable opinions, into emotionally accessible observations, withdrawn of all emotion. she gives us facts — maslow’s heiarchy of instagram. the march madness bracket results for sour patch kid flavors (yellow beat green in the final two).  is this a fact? rial points out that, in her mind, it is. 

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while almost none of these ‘real life charts‘ are factual (relationships don’t always go downhill after a trip to IKEA; we do more on a train than untangle headphones; red is the tastiest sour patch kid), rial’s insights are so relatable to so many people, that fans of her work see her illustrations as tested, highly-researched data. and it most certainly is. not all of her work is lighthearted; the same mediums she uses to highlight sour patch kid flavors, she also uses to point out serious societal issues, such as sexual harassment. 

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