Lifeline

A visualisation about life expectancy at DHUB

Transforming a data base into an info-experience.

DEMO is an event structured around multidisciplinary collaborations between industry and craft exploring new creative processes and methodologies.

In this context Domestic Data Streamers was eager to explore information about demographics and more specificly life expectancy. That's why we developed one of the biggest data experiences at the Design Museum of Barcelona

Until what age would you like to live?

For 12 hours, 15 anthropologists around the city of Barcelona took surveys about demographics and life expectancy both on the street and in the Design Museum of Barcelona, interviewing more than 2,000 people.

During twelve hours we transformed all the stream of data from the survey into a live infographic represented in three dimensions in a space of 90 metres by 30 metres.

In one moment it switched from a demographics data base into an important information that the people was caring of. Changing the way we showcase information was completely changing the way people was reading it.

From raw data towards interactive knowledge systems.

Individual readings towards collective discussions.

Today we are used to reading information a very individualistic way, from our phones, laptops and even the newspapers, who display information for unipersonal experiences. By displaying information in a three-dimensional space we were creating an area for collective reading, a space for discussion, where everyone is invited to discuss and compare their own information with the rest and understand it within a global context.

A discussion method that enables people to ask important questions about themselves, those around them and to understand much more about data itself.

During this project we realised the importance of language, tone and tools that organisations and institutions have today to communicate data to people. Behind the data of this experiment there was a much more deep and human topic to think about and using the right tools we were able to make people think and create their own opinion about it.

Lifeline was exhibited at the Design Museum of Barcelona and will be repeated for future experiments in order to start comparing results gradually over time.

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