Science and Technology News in the UK press, 1946-2004


Xi Chen-Elective A-information design

Designer Xi Chen worked with researcher Martin BauerDepartment of Methodology to map the public conversation of science and technology over a historical time period, from the early 19th century to the present. Martin says’ The seed of this project is an ongoing analysis of the British Press since 1946, how it covers science and technology over the years, how it frames the big stories of the times from nuclear power,  to space race, to information technology and computing,  the environment and biotechnology.

The story includes three questions: why is there science coverage at all? Why is science coverage not the same over the period? why is it fluctuating between hi and low periods of coverage? What themes do the stories cover? How do the scientists appear, what image do they get? What are the expectations raised about science and technology?

I was looking for visual and graphical illustrations of the changing science coverage to make the story more lively and to appeal to a non-specialist audience, as well as to create some excitement for the history of popular science’


News coverage of science and technology, mainly daily British newsprint; secondary analysis of other research materials; content analysis, time-series graphics, correspondence analysis, descriptive statistics


Design by Xi Chen, MA Graphic Design