LIVERPOOL - City
LIFE CAPTURED IN DIGITAL PORTRAIT
FROM Strictly to Skyfall
and the Merseyside derby to the weather, the hot topics that get
Liverpool talking online have been captured for the first time ever
in a unique digital portrait of the City created by world renowned
digital artist, Brendan Dawes.
Commissioned by EE to mark the of arrival 4G in the UK, Dawes worked
closely with a data analysis team at University College London (UCL),
capturing the social media conversations and topics trending across
the region over the 3 day period from 29 October to 31 October 2012.
The result is a fascinating digital snapshot of life in Liverpool in
2012. Dawes and UCL worked within the categories of sport, politics,
film, music, TV, educational, culture and weather; aiming to dig
deeper into the topics that affect how people communicate in the
City and what they talk about when they go online.
Each chosen topic and the hundreds of thousands of digital
conversations associated with them are represented by a specific
colour coded keyword. From the keywords at the bottom of the artwork
a series of lines flare out to form a myriad of coloured interlinked
circles. The thickness of the lines and the size and brightness of
the circles represents the popularity of each topic and the
frequency at which people were speaking about them.
Dawes said:- "People know the Scouse accent as soon as they
hear it. Now, for the first time, we've discovered what it actually
Steven Day, Chief of Brands and Communications, EE commented:-
"Superfast 4G is here for the first time in Liverpool and we
wanted to mark in a visual way that everyone in the region can
relate to and enjoy. 4G will change the way people use the internet,
enhancing the way they communicate. This digital snapshot marks that
Liverpool is a City obsessed with the weather according to the
artwork, with the giant aqua circles showing just how much people
like to discuss it. However, the City's other great passion,
football, also dominated the design, especially as the local derby
between Liverpool and Everton had taken place the day before the
period of measurement began.
Discussion about Steven Gerrard and his comments post the game and
the controversial disallowed goal by Luis Suarez raged on for the
full 3 days, shown by the numerous red circles.
Brendan Dawes concluded:- "It is the people and the activities
within it - work, play and the connections within that define a
City. This design is a modern sophisticated response to the
representation of a City; formed from millions of bits of data as
people talk and interact about the biggest events of the day. The
shape, derived from nature, evoking the organic nature of a network
softens the often harsh representation of digital, leaving instead
an impression of a modern dynamic system, that we call cities, in
the 21st century."
The key areas that the research focused on
during the research period were:-
► New York
► X Factor
► Pride of Britain Awards
► Strictly Come Dancing
The artwork will be displayed free to the public at the Fact Gallery
from 7 December 2012.
For more information on EE, please visit:-
Still time to
give a child a magical Christmas with the NSPCC's Letter from Santa
THE NSPCC is reminding people in Merseyside,
there is still time to add some extra magic to a child's Christmas
this year by ordering a Letter from Santa, before 17 December 2012.
The charity is helping to give a truly memorable Christmas by
arranging for a personalised letter from Santa to be sent to
children throughout Merseyside for a suggested donation of £5.
There are 5 magical styles of NSPCC Letter from Santa for children
of all ages, making them the ideal gift for families with more than
one child as each child can receive a truly unique letter. Santa can
even write a special letter to celebrate Baby's First Christmas; a
keepsake to treasure for years to come. Already the charity has
processed 110,000 letters, with more orders coming in every day.
Janette Drew, NSPCC community fundraising manager said:-
"Christmas is such an exciting time of year for children, so why not
bring even more magic and excitement by ordering your letter for a
child, friend or relative, before 17 December and support the NSPCC
and ChildLine during this festive season.
Every £5 raised by Letter from Santa could help ChildLine be there
whenever a child seeks help either online or by phone. And every £25
raised could enable a trained practitioner to deliver 1 hour of
support through the NSPCC's helpline for adults who are concerned
about a child."
Each letter is uniquely personalised with the child's name, age,
address, gender and best friend's name, and there's also the chance
to include a final 'P.S.' thought from Santa when you order online.
The letters are beautifully illustrated and arrive via reindeer mail
to make the experience truly unforgettable. Children will be amazed
that Santa knows them so well!
By sending a Letter from Santa you can make a child's Christmas and
help the NSPCC to protect children all year round through its
projects and services including ChildLine; the UK's free,
confidential 24 hour helpline and online service for children and
young people in distress or danger.
The reindeer mailroom will be open until 17 December 2012, and all
those who request a Letter from Santa this year will be entered into
a free prize draw to win a once in a lifetime trip to Lapland for a
family of 4.
For online orders please visit:-
alternatively you can call:- 0845 839 9304 to place your order.