Over the last few years Infographics have become an extremely effective way to tell stories using data. Infographics are (in short) graphical representations of datasets. They are often focused around one or more pieces of data and provide insights into a specific subject matter.
Their visual and narrative nature have helped make a lot of information more appealing to the general public and (when telling a good story) can appeal to almost every demographic. For Dying Matters Awareness Week we launched and built an art installation called the #livINFOGRAPHIC (living-Infographic). The livINFOGRAPHIC lived within a physical space and used data that was being attained to alter it accordingly.
The livINFOGRAPHIC was visited by many during it's lifespan in the ‘You Only Die Once’ Popup Shop' (69 Camden High Street, London). We took data from the ‘Digital Death Survey’ and updated it over the week. The installation was sat on 3 metres x 2 metres of real turf (grass) and lived and breathed over this period.
The data was attained and then updated (in near real-time). Although the installation has now been dismantled the ‘Digital Death Survey’ wil remain live for the next four weeks. It is a very short and anonymous survey. If you have two minutes to spare we would still really appreciate your input: http://www.deadsoci.al/blog/114-digital-death-survey.
This survey asks questions about end of life matters in relation to our online accounts and in today's digitally connected society. The installation’s concept was devised by James Norris (CEO DeadSocial) and was built with the help of Natalie Jackson.
The livINFOGRAPHIC was just one of many initiatives and events hosted in the ‘You Only Die Once’ Pop-Up shop'. These included workshops, Death Cafes, live music, poetry, photography and art. Organisations involved ranged from the NHS and The Good Funeral Guide to Save the Male and The Natural Death Centre.
DeadSocial is an end of life tool for those of us who want to say “goodbye” in our own way to our friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
DeadSocial is helping us to address death digitally. They are also researching different ways in which digital can be used to assist the dying and the bereaved. www.DeadSoci.al
About Dying Matters
Dying Matters is a broad based and inclusive national coalition of 30,000 members, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. We only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, that’s why the theme of the fifth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week is ‘Dying Matters: You only die once’.
Dying Matters is ran by the National Council For Palliative Care Charity.