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...


Updated: Colonial Shipping Routes

One of the most popular set of maps I produced last year showed English, Spanish and French Shipping between 1750-1800. I am pleased to say it has been revamped and published in a book entitled “The Infographic History of the World“. Vale...


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...



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