Over in Less than a Second

If you follow us on Twitter you’ll no doubt be aware of our Less than a Second exhibition that took place at Blackall Studios in Shoreditch last week – with the private view on Thursday night and the show open to the public all of Friday and Saturday.

It was great to see so many people interested in data and design coming through the doors and to listen to the conversations that were sparked by all of the pieces on show.

If you weren’t able to make it, here is a round up of the posters:

Paul Butt - Split Seconds

Relatively few men have broken the 10-second barrier for the 100m, and there are only fractions of a second between them. This piece visualises the races and the men that have achieved the feat. It also shows that at these speeds, wind assistance can make a big difference, with strong tailwinds propelling runners even faster, while headwinds can effectively add metres to the race.

Joshua Gowen - Large Hadron Collider:

The Large Hadron Collider has collected a vast amount of data during each of its second-long experiments, designed to replicate the conditions less than a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. This piece explores the complexity of these ‘little big bangs’ and the huge implications they could have for our understanding of the universe.

Joshua Lambert - Inside the World’s Stock Exchange

This visualisation explores the world’s financial markets and how automation is changing the industry. It tracks the speeds and values of traditional trading by real people and compares them with high frequency trading made by computers at speeds too quick for the human brain to process.

QuantumBlack - Less than a Second in Formula One

Analysing Lewis Hamilton’s 2013 Grand Prix season for Mercedes, this visualisation shows how individual car components can impact on the speed and final outcome of the race. By dissecting each race, it explores how every decision – from tyre selection to fuel consumption – can separate the winners from the losers.

Dave Bowker - Earth in a Second

This visualisation takes a snapshot of Earth in a second, capturing the varying speeds of different areas of the world, the journeys of satellites and the orbit rate. It shows that while the world may feel like it’s standing still, in fact our planet and everything around it is in constant motion.

DGR - One second of cinema

Huge leaps in technology have propelled the film industry a long way since the first shaky seconds were captured 125 years ago. But behind the CGI and the high-definition, each movie is still just a blend of static images. This piece charts the history of the moving image, telling the story in frames per second.

Robert Wilson - One Second Speed Map

Who would win in a race between a shark and a peregrine falcon? Or a bullet versus Concorde? This piece visualises a race between practically everything that moves to see who – or what – would be first past the post.

Christian Thümer - Leap Second

Never heard of a leap second? This visualisation examines how scientists add an extra second to the day every few years. It’s an essential adjustment to minimise the discrepancy that occurs between atomic time and the natural rotation of the earth.

Matthew Falla - Where are you?

Thanks to advances in mobile phone technology, satellites now can pinpoint exactly where we are on the planet. Many apps and social media services capitalise on this accuracy to fine-tune their products, so this visualisation shows how signals bounce between satellites and your phone to find your precise location.

And here are some photos of the exhibition itself: