This station looks out onto the sports fields of Milnerton High School and this infographic is a visualisation of the future as seen through the eyes of the pupils at the school. Created as Black hat and Nimbus with Mark Henning.
Scroll down for a detailed description of the artwork and some observations.
The graphic was created using data collected via a survey of the pupils of Milnerton High School. The survey presented a variety of possible future events of both local and global relevance, and allowed students to check a box next to the time period they believed it might happen, if ever.
Using the principals of the steam graph format this striking visual is reminiscent of a ray gun or graffitti from a distance. The steam graph format works well as there is no definative date assigned to any particular event, rather it depicts the spread of predictions and clearly shows areas of strong agreement.
Like most of the bus station artworks it is designed to be viewed as one enters the station and the horizontal format allows commuters to choose an event and follow its line as they walk through the entrance corridor. The graphic has enough detail to be interesting even to regular commuters, as each time they can follow a different event.
The future events on the graphic are:
We drew up a survey form with a range of questions (about 24 I think – not all of them were included in the final graphic) and handed it over about 1200 copies to the school. That was the easy bit. Then when we got the questionnaires back we had to capture all the data – 24 x 1200 = 28 800 data entries. It took us almost 2 solid days of calling out and typing in numbers, which was not any fun at all, but it was worth it and we ended up with a crazy futuristic ray gun graphic.
Some interesting observations can be made, that not only shed light on the students’ attitudes and expectations of the future but also show some common cognitive biases in action:
Special thanks to Milnerton High School for their cooperation on this project. We hope it has made the bus trip to school a little more interesting.