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Unexpected Visualization Via Motion | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Unexpected Visualization Via Motion

Britain seen from the skies above

It’s really too bad that I can’t embed the video from the BBC series Britain seen from the skies above. The still images that I took and placed above don’t even come close showing how the BBC has used satellite tracking and computing to show how things flow in real time. The info dance comes via sea, land and air though the British chatter scene is quite fascinating too. All British phone conversations for a day are shown from where the conversation started and ended. There’s a lot of information visualization out there, most of it is pretty to look at however it’s a bit shallow. It doesn’t really help show information in a new light. The BBC series looks to do just do that, show things that a lot of people really haven’t seen. I really hope this series makes it across to the BBC America channel or at least more clips are released – the motion is pretty amazing. See the video at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7539529.stm

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  • Don E.

    Reminds me of a project I saw some years ago of a map of London being defined via the GIS of bike couriers as they progressed throughout the streets and urban landscape. It was done in Processing, but not sure what the project was called. Probably found it via we-make-money-not-art.