Full of Spice Festival
Large scale physical installations for Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
As part of the summer 2015 festival Full of Spice Festival at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens I worked on the design of two large-scale physical data visualisations showing health benefits and historical facts about cooking spices.
The two pieces: Spice of Life is an immersive bubble chart layouts what spices help with which ailments and which ones work best. The Origin of Spices is a huge map that displays the flow of various spices from their countries of origin into the UK, and their journey by sea.
On both pieces my role was to prototype and design the visualisations. I was also in charge of communicating with printers and overseeing the installation.
Spice of Life
As well as being used in cooking, spices can play an important role in keeping us healthy. And this ‘Spice of Life’ piece had more of a myth-busting concept. Spices are plotted against evidence-based data and visitors can quickly gauge which spices have health benefits.
Spice of Life was printed on vinyl and mounted on glass on the outside of the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
The Origin of Spices
This large scale map shows visitors a brief history of the spices, where they originated, how and when they arrived in the UK.
The map is made of five wooden monoliths, each around 2m tall. Cords indicating the spice routes were secured with metal pegs to the monoliths.
Agency: Beyond Words Studio
Client: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Creative direction: Duncan Swain
Design lead: Piero Zagami
Additional Design: Paul Button
Illustrations of the spices characters: Eve Lloyd Knight
Research: Miriam Quick, Ella Hollowood