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 ma...


Climate Change and the State of Science

This is a really nice video funded by the UN Foundation and produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia. It combines a range of impressive data visualisations depicting the human impacts on our environment with a clear com...


Cinematic Mapping

I recently posted a great visualisation showing 24 hours of shipping in the Baltic. I liked it for its cinematic appeal (was a bit less keen on the music though), and said that such work goes a long way to broaden the appeal of data visualisation. 4...


Mapping Where We Live

Showing where we live is, of course, one of the oldest and most useful reasons to create a map. As we bask in the “Big Data” era, the trend for mapping population is increasing simply because there are more data points out there, the bul...


Open Data as Art: Data Windows

Ollie O’Brien and I have just dropped off our invited artwork to the  10X10 “Drawing the City London” project run by the building design charity Article 25. We are amongst a number of (much higher profile) contributors who hav...


The Next Big Spill Animation

This stunning animation (complete with a dramatic soundtrack) shows one day of shipping in the Baltic Sea. It is a great example of the use of data visualisation to make a political (or in this case environmental) point. I think there are many more d...


NikeFuel Map

Here is an extract of a map I co-created with Ollie O’Brien as part of a project to produce a “walkable London Tube map” for Nike to promote their FuelBand personal movement tracker. It shows the walking routes and distances between Tub...


Animating Auckland’s Public Transport

This video, produced by Chris McDowall,  shows the journeys that the buses (teal), ferries (blue) and trains (red) take each day in Auckland. Chris’s description on Vimeo summarises what’s going on brilliantly: “The animation begin...


Crime Map of London

I was delighted to be asked to be part of the the Financial Times Magazine’s special graphics issue. It is a really great “celebration of visual culture” and includes an interview with Edward Tufte and work from Stamen. The map I pr...


Mapping Spanish Spending

Access to credit/ debit card data is, quite rightly, heavily restricted, so there aren’t many data visualisations out there that can match the detail of the one above, produced at the MIT Senseable City lab. It shows how Spanish spending patter...



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