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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 Nov 6, 2014 in Resources, Spatial Analysis, Visualisation | 0 comments

DataShine Update

DataShine Update

Back in June Oliver O’Brien and I launched an interactive census map called DataShine. It has been hugely successful with a core of regular users in addition to many visitors passing who want to learn more about their area or a specific dataset. As we said back in June, the website is a work in progress so we are always looking to add new features. Two of these – local area rescaling of the colour key and data download – were launched recently at the UK Data Service‘s Census Research User Conference hosted by the Royal Statistical Society. Both are in response to people’s need to zoom in and look at particular patterns for their area without worrying about other parts of the country. Census data can also be tricky to find if you don’t know all the codes or table structures so we hope that offering simple access via the map will help users a lot. So next time you use DataShine look out for the buttons highlighted below… To learn...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Resources | 2 comments

The Ultimate Christmas List for Map Lovers

The Ultimate Christmas List for Map Lovers

It is about this time of year that I get asked if I want anything in particular for Christmas. So for others in the same position, or if you are searching for a gift for a map obsessed loved one, here is my ultimate Christmas wish list. Most of these items are things I have asked for in the past, or purchased myself, so I know they are must haves for map lovers! Accessories Starting with the last job first, this Map wrapping paper and Subway map packing tape offer the perfect way of presenting your gifts. It is worth noting, the paper is really nice quality and comes in loads of different variations.   I was given these Map Fridge Magnets last year and they make for a nice stocking filler. Prints This Population Lines print is one I have produced showing world population density. Each A2 print is produced with vegetable-based inks on 170 gsm 100% recycled Cyclus Offset paper. This is slightly off-white and does a great job of producing crisp lines and giving the print a...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Visualisation | 0 comments

The Next Big Spill Animation

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 datasets out there worthy of being given a cinematic treatment in this way and these could stand to reach wider audiences than the more technical graphics we often produce from transportation...

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