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Beautiful Science Exhibition at The Folio Society Gallery

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Data in pictures
I never thought of myself as a science fan, but my older sister is a big science geek - she loves it, and has told me about a 'must-see' event for fans of all things pretty and scientific.

Once restricted to graphs and pie charts, the visual representation of data is now officially cool - thanks to graphic design's takeover of the info-graphic.

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While discovering what typeface your chosen style of facial hair is most suited to has questionable worth, (most) info-graphics can be both visually appealing and convey important information.

This exhibition at The Folio Society Gallery in the British Library not only demonstrates this, but also provides a tidy history of the medium by including everything from Florence Nightingale's 'Rose Diagram' (1858) to Nasa's modern moving info-graphic on ocean currents.

If you don't have time to visit the exhibition (although you should do, it's on until the end of May), you might be interested to know that Florence Nightingale found that more people died due to the poor hospital conditions, rather than wounds. Who knew?
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Why? To see data in pictures
When: 9:30am - 8pm
Phone: 01937 546060
Where: The Folio Society Gallery, 96 Euston Road, NW1
Cost: Free admission
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