Web Designer Depot put together an excellent round-up of online data visualizations — that is, graphical representations of information. From the post:
Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner.
I especially like the many examples of visualizations that change in real time to communicate ever-changing data, such as Web traffic.
Designers Jack Schulze and Matt Webb have created a fantastic image of Manhattan: a surprisingly natural blend of a street-level view and an overhead view.
Jack Schulze explains:
The projection works by presenting an image of the place in which the observer is standing. As the city recedes into the (geographic) distance it shifts from a natural, third person representation of the viewer’s immediate surroundings into a near plan view. The city appears folded up, as though a large crease runs through it.
What a fantastic approach to a “you are here” explanation. Imagine having a dynamic version of this on your phone as you walk around in addition to a traditional map.
In this post, Mr. Schulze explains the many influences that informed the project.
[via information aesthetics]
I’m a “haha” person via instant message (rather than an LOL or heh person), so this is a most welcome meter.