‘Why is Science Beautiful?’ workshop for the Met Office & British Library

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Lucy Rose and I, in the guise of our Creative Data partnership, had great fun designing and hosting the ‘Why Is Science Beautiful?’ workshop at the British Library this week. We created the event for the Met Office in the context of the ‘Beautiful Science’ exhibition, currently on show in the library.

This experimental one-day workshop on Monday 12th May was co-hosted by the British Library, the Met Office and Creative Data. The event invited attendees (15 Met Office scientists and 15 selected creatives) to take an exploratory journey into the creative potential of data and scientific practice.

Here’s the Storify of the event, which collates all the social media captures of the day.

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Speaking at Data Visualisation workshop at NESTA

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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.

Speaking at the RCA about Creative Data

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In January of 2013 I was invited to speak at the Royal College of Art to the first year students on the IDE Platform. I have worked with Clare Brass as a visiting tutor for the IDE platform in previous years, so I understand quite a bit of what their ‘Innovation, Design, Engineering’ course is about. I spoke as part of the department’s Inspire Lecture series, where practitioners come in to speak about their recent work.

I spoke to the students about The Butterfly Effect Project – a project about the future of The Norfolk Broads in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, The Broads Authority and Anglian Water. This was the pilot project for the Creative Data initiative I started in order to bring designers and scientists together to communicate social and environmental issues to the public.

Opening of The Butterfly Effect Schools Exhibition

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Yes. We are nearly there. This is the completion of a three year project all about the future of The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. The Butterfly Effect is our first major project under the Creative Data umbrella. This exhibition in The Forum in Norwich shows off the amazing work done by ten primary schools in Norfolk. Through the creative learning activities in the bespoke education pack we made for them, these schools present variety of vibrant visions, including drawings, sculptures, quilts and animations. Their beautiful work shows how young people imagine their future landscapes.

Launching The Butterfly Effect Schools Project with teacher INSET day

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We’re delighted to say that we have now launched The Butterfly Effect Schools Project with 10 Schools in Norfolk. We have also enjoyed doing the first two introductory workshops in schools. The good news is the teachers loved it and the kids loved it. Result! Read all about it over on the Creative Data Blog.

Talking about Creative Data in the Samsung Centre at British Museum

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Due to the wonder of Twitter Shelley Mannion, from the Samsung Centre at the British Museum, found out about Creative Data. Consequently she kindly invited me to take part in the Samsung Digital Learning Adventures event at the museum. I spoke about Creative Data Projects as opportunities to display and communicate data in interesting ways.

The Butterfly Effect featured in Co-opportunity by John Grant

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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

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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…

Launch of Creative Data Installation – The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect is a visually powerful, interactive exhibit which invites visitors to find their own points of view on the future of The Norfolk Broads. With the point of view that our personal choices help shape our future landscapes we invite people to come and contribute to our map of The Broads with stickers representing different land uses. The map evolves daily as more and more stickers are added, creating a real time Butterfly Effect over the week of the exhibition.