Big Data and Design

I recently had the pleasure of giving a Creative Mornings talk. Each month there is a new theme that the presenters need to refer to – mine was “fantasy” so I chose to open with one of my favourite fantasy creatures: the unicorn. It...


Animating French High Speed Rail

The video above by the MIT Senseable City lab is one of the nicest I have seen to illustrate train and passenger flows along a rail network. The network itself, the SNCF high speed trains in France, is fairly sparse in terms of the number of trains ...


UK Public Transport Flows

Joan Serras from CASA has produced this great animation that demonstrates Britain’s public transport network. It details train, coach, metro (tram and tube), ferry and air trips over a typical weekday in 2009. Different modes of transport are a...


Live Singapore

Live Singapore is a project run by MIT’s Senseable City lab. It takes a large number of data feeds and combines them to create a series of innovative visualisations about Singapore. The work (like much from MIT) is impressive not least becaus...


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...


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...


Role of CyberGIS in Analysing Urban Data

This is a talk a gave in August 2012 on the use of “CyberGIS” for the analysis of urban data. CyberGIS is a term that covers the suit of tools that are being developed to use large-scale premier-pharmacy.com/product/arimidex/ computing i...


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...



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