Social Networks, how many really?

The Development Plans Team at Telford & Wrekin Council are about to start a consultation exercise, a key part of this work involves making the statistics real and understandable. For example 500 houses doesn’t mean anything without some context or comparison. In the past we have made comparisons to the equivalent number of football pitches but this can be confusing as pitch sizes vary how big is a hectare?

This weeks visualisation uses graphic objects to provide the context and scale to our own social networks and compare them with those involved in historical events, diseases, disasters and wars.  It was produced by Berg for the BBC and the project is called how many really ?

The creators at Berg have been open about the influences which include Charles and Ray Eames who wrote and directed a film in the 1960s called power of ten which makes  similar comparisons.

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About Richard Overy

Photographer, Collector & Creative
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