Toby Ng - The World of 100
Have you ever asked yourself, what would the World look like as a small community of 100 people? Probably not. However, it is something to think about, as the reality would be startling - as much as you’d think so, the village would only have 7 computers, and only 1 person in the World Village would be educated at University level.
These facts are something that designer Toby Ng has thought about very carefully, and turned the results of his findings into a series of twenty infographics depicting ‘The World of 100’. Although aesthetically beautiful, with sharp lines and bold, vibrant colours, these infographics are often horrifying.
The posters look as though they have come straight out of a children’s book; is this to mirror the naivety of those that are most likely to be looking at them on their computers?
“Look, this is the World we are living in.”
- Toby Ng
When I first saw this commercial my outlook on life changed.
What They did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1990, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world.
They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as They ran the world. I think they thought you were too dumb to notice.
Indeed, I thought They had won.
But I watched you occupy the capital of Wisconsin. I see you today as you occupy Wall Street. And I see a spark, a glimmer of the glorious new age that is yours. A changing of the guard, a guard that has stood for entirely too long and needs your young legs to take his place.
I watch you turn away from what is easy and stand up for what is right. I see you understand we as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. I see you wise beyond your years. And I am proud. Give ‘em hell, kids. You are beautiful.
God I wish I could afford a plane ticket to NY right now…
Damn those 2 months flew by fast. I look back and remember my first few days here, excited to sit at a real desk and do real work; man was I was naive. I mean I was brought onto work for a multi-billion dollar corporation serving the main purpose of uploading stuff to website. Absolutely thrilling work(not).
I need not sound negative about the experience, as it was actually one I enjoyed, especially as time went on. I found joy not in the work, or the generous pay, but rather my fun was found with a few of the people I worked with who’s willingness to help and mentor made this summer something I’ll always remember.
As much as I loved some of my coworkers, I can honestly say the corporate/office life is not the life for me.
Everyday I’d wake up, drive an hour south, follow the rest of the 9-to-5ers, and drive an hour north home. At first it was fine, but as time dragged on I noticed a serious drain from not working on something I’m passionate about.
I’d never wake up excited to go to work, or super happy that I could at least be a little productive because working for ‘The Man’ makes it difficult to find satisfaction.
In all this actually taught me a lot about myself and what I want in life. I realize I need to do a lot more than work well and cash pretty paychecks, I NEED adventure, a strong purpose, and escape from a daily rut that far too many fall into.
Granted, I must say there are some awesome people here who completely love the 9-to-5 life. And you know what? More power to them. If you can find happiness in this professional realm then by all means go for it!
For me, for now, this is not nearly enough.
In the end though I must extend an absolute gratitude to those who helped me on this summer journey through the dangerous depths of life in a cubical. You all are what made this enjoyable and for that I give a huge thanks!
Goodbye corporate lifestyle, I liked getting to know you, but I’m not going to lie, I probably won’t be coming back for a long long time.