Geneva’s Mobile Phone Traces

This stunning animation was produced as part of the Ville Vivante project that utilised data collected from mobile phone connections to create these digital traces across the city of Geneva. Mobile phones create a wealth of “invisible” ...


London Cycle Hire Tails

Whilst this animation, produced by Jo Wood at City University, is a really nice representation of  the five million Barclays Cycle Hire journeys made in 2010/11 in central London, its main purpose is to show the effect of changing the length of the...


Mapped: London’s Fire Engine Callouts

This map shows the geography of fire engine callouts across London between January and September 2011. Each of the 144,000 or so lines represents a fire engine (pump) attending an incident (rounded to the nearest 100m) and they have been coloured acc...


Connected States of America

Mobile phone data represent one of the “Big Data” frontiers due to their huge volume and the depth of behavioural insights they offer. One illustration of this is the MIT Senseable City lab’s “The Connected States of America&#...


What’s so Great About a World Flight Paths Map?

The stunning map depicting global flight paths produced by Michael Markieta has proved extremely popular (over 13k shares on the BBC when I last checked). The data used to create it (from OpenFlights) have been around for years and there have been m...


London in Motion

This animation, produced by Jay Gordon, does a great job of capturing the daily flows of London’s commuters. It combines the 16 million or so daily transactions made with London’s Oyster cards with vehicle-location data from the cityR...


Subway Maps and Visualising Social Equality

Most government statistics are mapped according to official geographical units. Whilst such units are essential for data analysis and making decisions about, for example, government spending, they are hard for many people to relate to and they don’...


The Art of Data Visualisation Video

Map design and cartography are now, more than ever, seen as just one set of tools in a growing data visualisation arsenal. This video features well-known data visualisers who talk through some of their guiding principles, offering many insights for t...


Visualising for Human Geography

The publication of the International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography back in March was a major event for the discipline. The report concludes that the UK human geography community is setting the intellectual agenda for the subject and can ...



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