In 1918, as the world sighed in relief from war, a deadly virus infected around 40% of the planet’s population. Spanish flu mortality estimates range from 20-50 million, more than the death toll of WW1 itself (17 million). The flu didn’t originate in Spain or have anything particularly Spanish about it. Wartime censorship prevented the press in warring countries from printing anything that undermined the war effort. However, in neutral Spain, the papers reported on the flu in May 1918, and it ramped up after Spanish King Alfonso XIII himself contracted the virus.
ARE YOU A WEB DEVELOPER, BASED IN OR NEAR LIVERPOOL?
Manta Ray has just reached its tenth year and we are seeking proactive and creative web developers to join our new office in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.
We’re looking for motivated people who love technology and enjoy building websites. Our recruitment process will focus on your abilities, rather than your qualifications.
“Challenges in life can either enrich you or poison you.” So said a motivational speaker.
Presenting data in a creative, accurate and accessible way is no easy feat. Those wanting to produce a good data visualisation, for whatever purpose, should be aware of several challenges lurking underfoot.
“Science is organised knowledge,” said German philosopher Immanuel Kant. And there’s a lot of new knowledge all the time; PLOS journals alone have published over 160,000 articles. So how can researchers organise all that newly found knowledge?
One way is with data visualisations.
I’ve just come on board at Manta Ray Media. I have worked in heath and science communications for more than 20 years, after doing a PhD in cancer research. My expertise is in developing and delivering communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, including key messaging, brand and visual identities. I have been bought in to complete their communications offering and its great to be part of a team that does such inspiring work.
Generate London 2016 is a tech and design conference run by net magazine and creative bloq.
We sent over designer Cat, and Alice, Jay and Dilwar from the developer team for inspiration and expert techy opinions to help us create better digital products for our clients.
And here's a few of the team's highlights from the conference that are particularly relevant...
World wide web, not wealthy westerner web
No usual global health conference jolly to be had this time – we were in Cambridge for RSTMH’s Challenges in Disease Elimination conference in a professional capacity. RSTMH plays a leading role in increasing awareness of issues in tropical medicine and global health, and social media is an area in which they’re increasing their efforts. That’s where we came in with a bit of help.
We’re a cosy-sized company, so it’s good for us to get in new blood with fresh ideas when the opportunity arises. We like taking a look at the next generation of tech talent too, so we took on Cameron from Abingdon School over the summer to give him some experience of the practical side of design work to complement the theory he’s learned during his GCSEs.
Here’s what he had to say about his time at Manta Ray:
The Top #7 common web terms we're busting for our global health clients
We've built a lot of bespoke websites in our 9 years of working for global health organisations, which has led us to create REMORA - a website template for global health organisations.
If you're in digital comms, you may know that getting colleagues involved in a new site build can be a thankless task. Sending out surveys and asking for input feels like nagging, and it’s difficult for those on the other end to understand why it’s useful.
Harder still to understand is why it needs to happen when scoping the site. That's before any code has been written, or any designs mocked up. It's a common problem, so thinking about how to explain it is worth your time.
The very earliest stage of film production, the writing of the client brief, is where inexperienced film commissioners so often go wrong. And although this may not appear at first to be a crucial stage of the process, it usually leads to a lot of time being wasted and a worse film at the end of it.
The main problem we find that clients encounter when communicating a brief is they unconsciously assume the filmmaker understands their organisation and motives. As a result, they don’t spend enough time explaining the bare basics of the project.
A safe, effective, and affordable malaria vaccine would close the gap left by other interventions.
Malaria represents one of the international community’s most pressing public health problems.
Knowing what’s going on in global health is important for Manta Ray so naturally we jumped at the chance to attend the Topics in Infection 2016 conference at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) on Thursday 4 February 2016.