Data becomes visual in this new exhibit

Have you ever wondered what the world will be like 1,000 years from now? Discuss this article

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Have you ever wondered what the world will be like 1,000 years from now? You’ve probably read that it takes more muscles to frown than smile (or the other way around) – is it true? You could probably find the answers on the internet or in books, but the challenge lies in processing this information.

Data journalist and information designer David McCandless has accepted the challenge and fashioned a solution that allows us to make sense of data overload. He has created more than 600 visualisations that help us understand the world around us. His digital exhibition, Information is Beautiful: A Data Driven Tour of the Universe, can be viewed at Qatar National Library. The exhibit showcases visualisations on topics ranging from Age of Empires – told through a timeline that shows the rise, golden age and decline of more than 50 of the world’s greatest civilisations – to how the universe will change in the far future.

To make things a little simpler, it’s like trying to comprehend the difference in magnitude between 100,000 years and 10 million years? Or between 10 billion dollars and 1,000 billion? When this is visually designed, it makes a huge difference and makes it easy for the viewer to assimilate facts.

Check out the visuals on common food supplements and the evidence behind their effectiveness – like comparing calories and caffeine in common beverages. The interactive exhibition also allows users to engage with the data. By answering a few questions through the exhibition’s interface, visitors can learn how many more hours they spend on social media compared to others in the region.

So, whatever question you have on your mind (we won’t even judge), the Information is Beautiful exhibition can help you make sense of the world we live in.
Free. Until Dec 31. Open daily 8am-8pm. Qatar National Library, qnl.qa.


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