10 x 10

Originally published January 18, 2005

http://informationvisualization.typepad.com/sigvis/2005/01/10_x_10.html

How does one effectively set out to represent the ever-changing and almost hyperkinetic amount of activity that characterizes the modern world? It’s certainly not a simple question, but ten by ten offers a visual representation of this ongoing process every hour. Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale (culled from a number of leading international news sources, such as the BBC World News), and present that as a picture postcard window, composed of 100 different frames.

As their site notes, “Scanning a grid of pictures can be more intuitive than reading headlines, for it lets the news come to life, and everything feels a bit less distant, a bit closer to heart, and maybe, if we’re lucky, gives us pause to think.” Compelling and original in its approach to the subject, it should be noted that 10×10 was designed and developed by Jonathan Harris, in conjunction with the FABRICA communication research center in Italy.