INSPIRATION: BIG BANG DATA

I HAD A SPARE HOUR TO KILL IN LONDON THIS WEEK AND WAS PASSING SOMERSET HOUSE, A VENUE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE. AN INTERESTING EXHIBITION CAUGHT MY EYE SO THOUGHT I'D GIVE IT A WHIRL.

Now, an exhibition about data might not sound like the most riveting of subjects but I’d bought a book a couple of years ago by David McCandless called 'Information is Beautiful' and really enjoyed its design.  He was a contributor to the show so thought it might be quite well put together.

The exhibition was both incredibly interesting and brilliantly designed.  

In a nutshell it tells the story of how the emergence of data is shaping and sometimes controlling our 21st century lives.  It shows how corporations are using it to influence business strategy and how individuals are using it to make these same corporations more accountable.

Some things that I loved about it:

The overall design of the exhibition was great, the use of colour and interesting big, bold fonts made the backdrops and exhibits really stand out.

I loved the way the exhibition mixed audio visual and printed techniques to tell the different data stories.

It introduced me to some really interesting new apps and technologies – the narrative clip and theyworkforyou.com being two particularly interesting ones

I took quite a few photos but I’d urge you to go visit.  Inspiration and information.

Data really is beautiful.

Lee