Everybody loves a good piece of communication and once in a while a great piece comes along which demonstrates its purpose extremely well. The work of artist/photographer Chris Jordan is amazing in many ways, not least the lengths to which he goes to get a point across. His latest work is a series called “running the numbers” which illustrates a wide range of statisics from the United States in a visual manner. In the artist’s own words it is intended to remove the anesthetizing effect of statistics upon the reader and push them to think more and realise the quantities involved.

For example, the piece above is, at first glance a great replication of the wonderful work of pointilism by Georges Seurat from 1884, called ‘Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte’ which everyone knows from many places including “Ferris Bueller’s day off”. Chris Jordan’s work from 2007 is Titled “Cans Seurat” and shows the number 106,000. Nothing too spectacular yet, but when you look closely, the piece is made from exactly that many used drinks cans and represents the number of cans consumed every 30 seconds in the USA.

Other pieces range from the number of Disposable paper cups used every 15 seconds in the US (410,000) to the number of deaths caused by guns in the US in 2004 (29,569). The pieces are all large format photographs

Everybody has been a sucker for great information design for years, but this takes it to a whole different level. Well done Chris. We want the Barbie doll print for our wall.

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