Magnificent Maps

Last Sunday I visited the Magnificent Maps Exhibition at the British Library. The exhibition has been hugely popular and I can see why- I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The amount of information within the maps means I want to make a second visit. My f...


Tips on Good Academic Poster Design

Grad school poster_talk View more presentations from James Cheshire. I was invited to give a brief talk to a UCL Graduate School Training course on good academic poster design. I have only designed a couple of posters myself but found the process ver...


Architectural Projection Mapping

This post is a slight deviation from the major themes of this blog, but well worth it. I have embedded a couple of videos from Flat-e filmmakers. They specialize in what they call “architectural projection mapping” to project images onto ...


Britain from Above

I have just discovered the amazing visualisations produced for the BBC’s Britain from Above series. I have embedded some of my favourites- much of the data were collated and provided by CASA- see Digital Urban for details . The taxis in London ...


WhereCampEU: Some Thoughts

WhereCampEU Intro from Christopher Osborne on Vimeo. Last Friday and Saturday I was part of WhereCampEU “the geo unconference for Europe”. Being an unconference there was no formal agenda instead attendees could propose sessions on the da...


Mapping and Colour blindness

The explosion in spatial data availability and dissemination through online visualisation has produced many interesting maps. A friend of mine, however, recently commented that not enough is done for those with colour blindess.  To see the impact of...


Wired Best Science Visualisations 2009

A bit late I know but I have just discovered the Wired Best Science Visualisations of 2009. There are a couple that use geographic data (of particular note is the California Earthquake simulation). The crucial advantage of animation in a scientific c...


New York Times Map of Winter Olympic Medals

What is interesting about this map (click on image above to visit interactive version) is not what it shows but what it doesn’t show. In this case it is most of the world. The entire African and South American continents are missing. This obvio...


A "Global" Surname Cloud

The WorldNames Profiler was created by my supervisors and fellow members of my research group. Behind the project is a large database containing surnames from 26 countries. Following the effectiveness of the surname clouds I produced for Great Britai...


Great Britain’s Surname Cloud

As part of the research group that created the National Trust Surnames Profiler I have access to a comprehensive database of surnames in Great Britain. Most of my analysis on this database is spatial so I thought I would look at non-spatial way of il...



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