Tag Archives: visualisation

A tube map’s view of London

Genius find by Wired, this map by two interaction design students from the RCA in Kensington visualises the geography of London as seen in the original tube map by Harry Beck.

Click here to see the whole thing and the original story.

Perpetual Ocean – the world’s sea currents, animated

View this at 1080 and full screen if you can.

This visualisation shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 to Decemeber 2007. The goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

It was produced using NASA/JPL’s computational model, Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2. ECCO2 is a high resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice. ECCO2 attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate resolutions that begin to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans. The ECCO2 model simulates ocean flows at all depths, but only surface flows are used in this visualisation.

The dark patterns under the ocean represent the undersea bathymetry. Topographic land exaggeration is 20x and bathymetric exaggeration is 40x.

My favourite bit is the equator at around 1.39.

“The oceans thru the eyes of Van Gogh”, says one viewer.

credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3827

Horoscoped

Information is Beautiful has trawled 22,000 of horoscopes to come up with this visualisation of those words most commonly used. What does it tell us? Well that each zodiac sign has pretty much the same vocabulary. The RED words are ones that occur uniquely as the top 50 words for that sign. My red words (Virgo) are “totally” and “prefect”. Hmmm…..



Click the image to go to the full version.

They used it to make this ‘meta-horoscope’ from the most common words in 4,000 predictions:

“Ready? Sure? Whatever the situation or secret moment, enjoy everything a lot. Feel able to absolutely care. Expect nothing else. Keep making love. Family and friends matter. The world is life, fun and energy. Maybe hard. Or easy. Taking exactly enough is best. Help and talk to others. Change your mind and a better mood comes along…”

Never a truer word said!

ps – feeling geeky? Here’s a link to the raw data.

The male psyche…

…as drawn by a seven-year-old boy.