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Even after combing over almost every surface of the planet, humans continue to be fascinated by maps. Their ability to visually display how we perceive our surroundings compels us to constantly evaluate our environments. In her book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (And Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps, Becky Cooper collects 75 hand-filled maps of Manhattan and uses them as personalized storytelling tools. Cooper's project revolves around a simple map of Manhattan which she letterpressed by hand and distributed to strangers, asking them to draw "their Manhattan" and email the finished maps to her. Sh...
Designer David McCandless gives a TED Talk regarding the power of data and how visualizations can help us process information. He primarily discusses how data visualization focuses our overloaded minds on the information we really need."McCandless' genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data -- the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here -- as in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other." Be sure to check out David McCandless' blog Info...
An incredible example of interactive technology, the World That Was Table is a communal learning tool that allows museum guests to access the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust's extensive archives in an engaging way. Detailing the lives of Jewish people and their lives before the Holocaust, LAMH's archive of 25,000 photos was an incredible resource that needed a new way to be displayed. By employing an interactive surface, the table immediately a...
Whether we are capable of warp speed in space, relying on androids or doomed to a barren apocalypse, humans cannot resist predicting their future. In this beautiful timeline, Italian visualization artist Giorgia Lupi takes famous novels of the past and shows how their plots and characters map out our future.