A data scale tested by time

Introductory panel showing the formation of the Saguenay graben on a time scale. The timeline is a long line condensed into numerous oscillations. In the middle of the panel, there are a total of 11 rows of oscillations. Tightly packed in the first few rows, the oscillations become increasingly dilated as time passes. The last row of the timeline is therefore the most open. Each billion years is marked by a small label on its oscillation, highlighted in green. The timeline is also punctuated by major historical milestones, located by pointers. In chronological order, it begins with the formation of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago. Life then made its appearance, with the first bacteria, followed by primitive fish. In geological terms, Pangea was formed several million years later, followed by the formation of the Saguenay graben. The last four dates are the disappearance of the dinosaurs, the appearance of the first hominids, the period of the last ice age and, most recently, the construction of the first trading post at Tadoussac. Each of these dates is illustrated by a white drawing on a green rectangle. These illustrations are arranged in two columns on either side of the timeline.

Most of the time, the choice of scale is based on the data. Sometimes, however, the exercise is more complicated, as it was the case when the Société de établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) wanted us to visualize the 4.5 billion years since the Earth was formed.

Information is Beautiful Awards 2023

Photo of the room where the awards ceremony took place. Several tables are set up facing the stage, where a podium and a giant screen are located. All participants are looking at the screen, which shows one of the finalist projects.

Every year, we welcome the IIB Awards  with great interest and delight. We discover some incredible projects and take the opportunity to give a little more visibility to some of our achievements. Many thanks to the Data Visualization Society for organizing the event! 💡 See our 2022 blog post: Voilà: wins Gold! Two finalist projects […]