One billion grains of rice is an illustration explaining how big one billion is.

Large numbers are an abstract thing. Humans can grasp what 5, 10 or 20 of something look like. 50 of something is harder to comprehend and at 100 it becomes a wild guess.

During my minor Visualising information we were given the task to make people understand how big one billion is. I started small, using grains of rice as unit. This allowed me to create equations we’re all familiar with and can comprehend, like bowls of rice and a stadium full of people. Using a visual style that focusses on content I created a poster that explains how big one billion is.