August 1, 2014

Illustration

A few eyeopening interactive data maps

My friend Wendy Kalman knows that I love maps and thought I might find this first project interesting, thanks Wendy, I do.

It is an excellent example of how visualizing data can bring data to life and effect us in significant ways. If you were to see this 2010 census data on the geographic dispersal of individuals people by race, as a chart, you'd interpret the information in a one way—see it mapped out, city by city, is something else entirely. (I can't help but hope, when I see the distinct racial divides in some areas of the country, that they will blur over time.)

That got me looking and I have included some other interesting, interactive data maps below.

eyeopening interactive data maps

Dustin Cable's Racial Dot Map...

An article from Wired about the maps...

The Census Explorer...

National Geographic MapMaker Interactive...

1940s New York...

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Comments

Thanks! BTW, over the last few years, I've seen great maps showing everything from poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, where undersea internet cables are buried, where submarines are, where planes are (in real time), where there are more cheating spouses, where people spend more at restaurants, where there are traffic issues to be addressed (in nyc), you name it. Can be fun to cross reference some of these :-)

At any rate, here's a list of 30 geovisualization tools that designers or data-lovers can use:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3029239/infographic-of-the-day/30-simple-tools-for-data-visualization

These are 30 tools, many free, for visually presenting data.

Another good resource Wendy. Thanks for sharing.

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