Broadsides [timdevin.com] is an intriguing urban hacking (sort of) project by artist Tim Devin, in which infographics are deliberately situated in public space in order to engage the local community. Putting relevant information in the physical environment should encourage local inhabitants and passers-by to consider their own relationship to the place they live and frequent.
Tim designed three sorts of so-called "broadsides" (or small posters), focused on the situation in Somerville, a neighborhood around the Boston area. Mappy Facts convey some numerical data about the local vicinity, including income statistics, FBI crime facts, and so on. Street Surveys is meant to ask local inhabitants some important questions which can be answered by removing a slip of paper. Lastly, some posters feature Poetry by Paul Johns.
Following the ideas behind the open movement, print-ready files can be requested for similar initiatives in other neighborhoods.
Infographics in the street: a useful idea or not?