Wed, 22 September 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Atlas of the Invisible – Graphics That Will Change How You See the World

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

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Discover the hidden patterns in human society as you have never seen them before – through the world of data.

For centuries, atlases depicted what people could see: roads, rivers, mountains. Today, we need graphics to reveal the invisible patterns that shape our lives. Authors of the hugely acclaimed London: the Information Capital, award-winning geographer-designer team James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti have transformed enormous datasets into rich maps and cutting-edge visualisations to uncover truths about our past, reflect who we are today, and highlight what we face in the years ahead.

In this illustrated livestream talk, James and Oliver will explore happiness and anxiety levels around the globe; trace the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us; examine hidden scars of geopolitics; and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj.

Don’t miss this chance to marvel at the promise and peril of data, and to revel in the secrets and contours of a newly visible world.

Praise for James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti:

‘Brilliantly compelling … a tour de force in the modern use of graphics to make a point.’ – Evening Standard

‘This is London as you’ve never seen it before.’ – Independent

‘A monumental work.’ – Management Today

‘A witty, well-written, well-designed view of the city, with enlightening and often surprising perspectives.’ – New Scientist

‘This is a special kind of detective story.’ – New Scientist

‘Each story is a striking example of how innovative technology can be used to increase our understanding of the natural world.’ – Financial Times

‘This book is beautiful as well as informative and inspiring. There is no doubt it will help in our fight to save wildlife and wild habitats.’ – Dr Jane Goodall

‘Enchanting and exhilarating.’ – Literary Review

‘This is science at its best, the art of understanding truth and beauty.’ – Chris Packham


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James Cheshire

Award-winning Geographer

As a professor at University College London, James Cheshire applies his cartographic and programming skills to the staggering amount of data that scientists are now collecting. In 2017, he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek Award in recognition of his work ‘advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data’.

Oliver Uberti

Award-winning Graphic Designer

Oliver Uberti has more than a decade of experience visualizing and writing about wildlife research – from 2003 to 2012, he worked in the design department of National Geographic, most recently as Senior Design Editor. He and James won the British Cartographic Society Award for their books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go.