Speaking at Data Visualisation workshop at NESTA


In October I was invited to speak at a data visualisation workshop organised by Rachel Jones of the Creative Industries KTN. The event was a showcase of interesting data visualisation practitioners as inspiration for the new Technology Strategy Board data exploration competition – launching at the beginning of 2014.

I was honoured to be selected as part of the evening’s line up of speakers, which ranged from artists like Michael Magruder Takeo to graphic designers like Information is Beautiful to more commercial practitioners such as Hal Bertram of Ito World.

I spoke about Elio Studio’s Creative Data initiative, which seeks to bring designers and scientists together to communicate data and research to the public through installations, exhibitions and creative learning programmes. I focused on The Butterfly Effect project as the pilot study for Creative Data, about the future of The Norfolk Broads.

It was super interesting to hear other speakers deliver their speedy Pecha Kucha formatted presentations and see what kind of work is going on in the art world, the academic world and the business world.

We saw that there’s been a lot of focus on maps as a default visualisation tool and that a lot of visualisation of data remains in a traditionally graphic space – often in graphs and sometimes overly complicated visuals which aren’t easily readable. There’s certainly room for more creativity and more engaging communications.

The most interesting work for me, unsurprisingly perhaps, were the examples of sculptural installations and public engagement work. I particularly enjoyed presentations from Rachel Jones of Active Ingredient and her project A Conversation Between Trees and Julie Freeman’s work on Translating Nature.

The Butterfly Effect featured in Co-opportunity by John Grant


We’re delighted to say that the Creative Data pilot project ‘The Butterfly Effect’ has been fixed in ink on the pages of John Grant’s (he of the Green Marketing Manifesto) new book ‘Co-opportunity – Join up for a Sustainable, Resilient, Prosperous World’. It’s all about how we need to work together at every level to find the right sustainable solutions for our future. Just incase you are wondering we feature on p.186! Get your copy from Amazon.

The Butterfly Effect featured on BBC Radio, TreeHugger & Green Girls Global

The Butterfly Effect

BBC Radio  – 21st May 2009
Living a sustainable Norfolk life

The first Norwich and Norfolk Sustainable Living Festival looks at how our ‘green’ actions can benefit future generations. More than 30 organisations are hosting exhibitions, debates, workshops and activities around sustainable living at The Forum in Norwich…

Green Girls Global – 27th May 2009
The Butterfly Effect gets people thinking about the future

Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow? How about in 10 years time? Or even 100 years? Do you know what kind of houses we’ll be living in, how we’ll travel to work or school, what kind of food we will eat, or what will the landscape will look like?…

TreeHugger – 28th May 2009 
‘The Butterfly Effect’ – An Interactive Exhibit

Interactive Map Engages Public on how Climate Change Effects their Future. TreeHugger spends an awful lot of time discussing technological solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges. Whether it’s industrial solar cookers, the latest electric cars or solar planes…