The television documentary “America Revealed” consists of 4 episodes that each reveal various hidden patterns that occur within the US.
The show includes some amazing visual imagery that aim to communicate various GPS location-based patterns, ranging from New York’s multi-layered morning rush-hour commute (including ferries, rail and bus services) to trails of flights carrying at least one passenger in the cargo hold (i.e. dead bodies). Other statistics shown include the number of job losses, the location of communication towers or the truck movements supplying Domino’s Pizza network, and so on.
3D real-time graphics, rapidly moving particles and dangerous cyber attacks: it is all there.
The visualization system is called the “NICT Daedalus Cyber-attack alert system”, where Daedalus stands for “Direct Alert Environment for Darknet and Livenet Unified Security.” The system is specifically developed to observe large groups of computers for any suspicious activity, as it visualizes any suspected activity as it moves through the network.
The Civil War [elibrosen.com] is the final student project of Eli Rosenfor Golan Levin’s Interactive Art and Computational Design course of 2012.
The project provides a data-driven interface to explore the stories and facts behind the U.S. Civil War. Accordingly, people are able to navigate its history chronologically (via an interactive timeline) or geographically (via an interactive map).
The timeline acts as a bidirectional bar graph that pairs the casualties for the Union and the Confederacy for each battle, providing an intuitive impression for the scale of the battle and for how evenly casualties were distributed. A dual slider acts as a time range selector.
The hardest working person in data visualization is, hands down, Stephanie Posavec. She calls herself a “Data Illustrator who doesn’t code,” and she spent 3 weeks marking up a copy of Kerouac’s “On the Road” to prove it. Rather than using Excel or a database, Stephanie used different colored markers and special annotation to gather the data. She hand sketches all of her concepts and hand designs each final piece. She describes this as “Obsession as a Design Solution” and I definitely think it draws her closer to her subject matter than most other practitioners in the field. She’s able to create a very personal relationship with the data and the subject. As she talked about her process, it was almost like she was figuring out what she does and how she does it while giving her talk. Regarding algorithms to do the same tasks, she remarked that what she does is unique and has no algorithms - “nobody’s figured out how to do that yet with computers, so maybe human is a good way” she quipped.
logTool [onformative.com] is a data visualization tool that displays your online activity, based on data from the powerful network packet sniffing tool Carnivore. By analyzing the different IP addresses and ports, the visualization is able to determine and represent what kind of application or service sends or receives the packets. Developed for the magazine Weave, logTool was used to digest the surfing behavior of several interaction designers, artists and developers. (via logTool: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Online Surfing Behavior - information aesthetics)
The movie “Epic time-lapse map of Europe” fast forwards a map from the year 1000 AD until 2003 to reveal the dynamic nature of Europe’s borders, alliances, unions, territories, and occupied lands.
An alternative movie takes a bit longer, but contains useful textual annotations such as the actual year that is shown and the events that occurred.
The physical environment around the new 250-meter-long “Observation Deck B” [artcom.de] at Zurich Airport has been infographically enhanced by German interaction design studio ART+COM. Several media installations and interactive exhibits enable visitors to learn new insights about the airport and its activities on the tarmac.