Wind Map is “a living portrait of of the wind currents over the U.S.”, conceived and developed as a side-project by the data visualization super-team of Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, who lead Google’s Big Picture visualization research group (and before that, IBM’s Visual Communication Lab).
This beautiful, perpetually-animated online ap pulls publicly available data of surface wind speeds from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is updated hourly. The map shows the patterns created by winds ranging from 1-30 miles-per-hour. Pan and zoom functionality allows observation in fine detail.
Of the project, the artists write: “It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”
Also be sure to check out the site’s gallery of archived map images.
More of Martin and Fernanda’s data viz collaborations can be found here.
New Feltron 2010 Annual Report out now! This particular release is “an encapsulation of [his] father’s life, as communicated by the calendars, slides and other artifacts…”
This one’s for you, Rob.
Interesting interview with NY Times Graphics Director Steve Duenes and Graphics Editor Archie Tse. And if you haven’t visited gestalten.tv in a while, you’ll be happily surprised by the vast library of videocasts they’ve been building – it’s an invaluable resource.
New book added to the ever expanding TSA Library. As with most additions, we’re giving away one free copy. See the bottom of this post for details.
Editors: R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, T. Tissot
Release: February 2010
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 272 pages, full color, hardcover
Data Flow 2 expands the definition of contemporary information graphics. The book features new possibilities for diagrams, maps, and charts and investigates the visual and intuitive presentation of processes and data. Eight comprehensive chapters illuminate how techniques such as simplification, abstraction, metaphor, and dramatization function. Data Flow 2 is a valuable reference offering practical advice, background, case studies, and inspiration.
Enter to win a free copy of Data Flow 2
To enter your name into the drawing, comment on this post with your favorite infographic from the last decade.
Fine print: Drawing ends Saturday, July 31, 2010. Winner will be picked at random. This drawing is open to everyone, even if you live in the far reaches of the planet. Please comment with a valid email so we can find you.
**** Winner announced: Congratulations to Annie Nguyen from Hawaii. ****
Beautifully executed infographics illustrating some statistical data about The Beatles. Ongoing project by Michael Deal.
These visualizations are part of an extensive study of the music of The Beatles. Many of the diagrams and charts are based on secondary sources, including but not limited to sales statistics, biographies, recording sesion notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings.
GOOD Magazine recently put out a set of information graphics showing how certain cities are utilizing new technologies to start doing things right. A very interesting look at how these 8 different systems are working for their cities.
Design work by Oliver Munday.