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Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Featured Maps, Visualisation | 0 comments

#15MinuteMap: Tropical Cyclone Tracks 1842-2014

#15MinuteMap: Tropical Cyclone Tracks 1842-2014

More and more I stumble across really cool datasets online that are crying out to be mapped, but I never seem to have the time to do anything fun with them. I had a spare 15 minutes yesterday and challenged myself to map something. I wanted to map tropical cyclones – you can see the result below. I think my map is a good start, but it was never going to be perfect in 15 minutes. For example, it would benefit from a few more tweaks and a little more time spent adding labels, picking out interesting storm tracks and so on. That said, I surprised myself that I was able to do anything in 15 minutes – it felt a bit like the cartographic equivalent of arriving home hungry and throwing a quick meal together from what’s left in the fridge. It would be great to see what others can do – use the hashtag #15MinuteMap to share on Twitter! How I did my map: Data formatting is time consuming...

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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Featured Maps, Visualisation | 2 comments

Colour of Votes: 2015 General Election

Colour of Votes: 2015 General Election

There have been many great interactive maps and graphics produced for the 2015 General Election. A map I haven’t seen though is one that attempts to show the relative strength of support for each party in each constituency. This is what the map above seeks to achieve. The principle is simple – you have 3 buckets of paint – one red, one green, one blue – and you mix them together based on the vote share of each party. So a strong Conservative win gets lots of blue paint and relatively little from the other two, whilst split in support across parties will result in a more muddy colour as all three paints get mixed together in similar amounts. As an extra step I also rescaled the size of each area by the number of people who voted there to help show cities, especially London, more clearly. Of course, this map falls a little short of revealing the most interesting results of the election since they mostly occurred in the green...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured Maps, Slideshow, Visualisation | 0 comments

Print Mega Sale

Print Mega Sale

I am moving house so I want to get as many of my remaining prints to a new home before I have to leave for mine. I am therefore selling them off as cheaply as possible (UK: £16, World:£18, including postage). These prints will not be signed or numbered (as they have been in the past), but they are the same high quality paper and size (A2) as I have been selling all along here. Price includes postage and packaging (all prices GBP(£)), please select your regionUK 16World 18...

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Featured Maps, London, Slideshow, Visualisation | 0 comments

London: The Information Capital

London: The Information Capital

I am pleased announce that London: The Information Capital will be published on the 30th October. It is a book bursting with maps and graphics about the world’s greatest city and the result of a year of intense work with designer Oliver Uberti. Inspired by London’s design, mapping and visualisation pioneers (think Booth, Snow, Beck) we have sought to paint a contemporary portrait of the city through its abundance of open data. We asked ourselves questions such as Which borough of London is the happiest?  Where are the city’s tweeting hot spots?   How many animals does the fire brigade save each year?  Which London residents have left their mark on history? Where are London’s most haunted houses (and pubs)? What makes London the information capital? and sought to answer them through data visualisation. The book contains over 100 full-colour spreads alongside some brief essays to introduce each of the 5 broad themes – Where we are, Who we are, Where we go, How we’re doing and What we like. We worked closely with our publisher...

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Featured Maps, Slideshow, Visualisation | 12 comments

Population Lines Print

Population Lines Print

Price includes postage and packaging (all prices GBP(£)), please select your regionUK 24World 26 I recently produced a map entitled “Population Lines”, which shows population density by latitude. The aim was to achieve a simple and fresh perspective on these well-known data. I have labelled a few key cities for orientation purposes but I’ve left off most of the conventional cartographical adornments. I am really pleased with the end result not least because it resembles Joy Division’s iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover, which in itself is a great example of data visualisation as art. The data, from NASA SEDAC, have been mapped many times before and in many beautiful ways but none seem to me quite as compelling as the simple approach here of using only black and grey lines across the page. What amazes me about this map (from where I sit in London) is just how jagged the lines become throughout India, East China, Indonesia and Japan in comparison to “the West” – evidence that we are definitely in the “Asian...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Featured Maps, R Spatial, Slideshow, Visualisation | 4 comments

Stunning Maps of World Topography

Stunning Maps of World Topography

Robin Edwards, a researcher at UCL CASA, has created these stunning topographic maps using the high resolution elevation data provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre. The transitions from black (high areas) to blue (low areas) give the maps a slightly ethereal appearance to dramatic effect. All but the highest areas of Europe appear to blend into the sea, and there is a loss in the sense of scale that makes the Pacific ranges look like small water channels in a shallow sea. The best thing about these graphics (and the main reason I have featured them here) is that they were completely produced using the R software program with just a 3 lines of code! Click here to see how Robin did it.  ...

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