Putting today into perspective

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

When you focus on all the small events and decisions that happen throughout a single day, those 24 hours can seem like an eternity. Graphic designer Luke Twyman turned that around in Here is Today. It’s a straightforward interactive that places one day in the context of all days ever.

You start at today, and as you move forward, the days before this one appear, until today is reduced to a one-pixel sliver on the screen and doesn’t seem like much at all.

1 Comment

  • Of course, this isn’t actually to scale. By the time you got to the era level, your lifetime wouldn’t even be visible.

    Makes me think of that Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime”

    Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
    Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was

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