30 October 2009

Visualizing the Bible

London Bomb Damage Map : photographs of all the old WW2 bomb damage.

Collection of visualizations and datasets : http://http://www.data360.org/index.aspx/index.aspx (all freely available)

(Slideshow) Overlooked Features of Google Maps

The world's toughest math questions

Adobe Photoshop on the iPhone (Free)

Toronto Open Data Lab (launchs Toronto.ca/Open)

On cartographers and neocartographers

THE MaRS BLOG : http://blog.marsdd.com

Six-Word Memoirs

"In much of science and engineering, the most productive way to deal with a problem is to turn it into one that somebody else has either already solved or proven impossible." - Robert J. Lang (consultant specializing in the application of origami to engineering problems) Via
"Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense." - Douglas Adams
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods." - Einstein
"If you don't give yourself credit for all that's good in your life, how can you expect yourself to create more?" - TU
"What dreaming does is give us the fluidity to enter into other worlds by destroying our sense of knowing this world." - Carlos Castaneda

29 October 2009

Maps That Matter


What’s the most remote place on Earth?

What problem does Google Wave solve?

Fractal Contest Winners

Map Seller : http://www.rare-maps.com/aboutus.cfm

(Examples) The Power of Visual Thinking (aka doodling) Via

Deepak Chopra said all of his undertakings begin with a mind map.

Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD)

The Greatest Geniuses Of All Time

"Art discribes what words cannot." - Horus Delvalle
"...your feelings are your choice (what manifests thereafter may not be?)" - TU
"The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness." - Julia Ward Howe
"Everyone should know of all information that others have deemed unfit for public knowledge." - Author Unknown
"Do not look on life as a ladder to be climbed. You are already fully developed." -The Guardians (spirit guides) Via

28 October 2009

The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping (PJIM) is an academic journal and online forum to promote research, writing, and development of information mapping, visualization, and related disciplines.

(Soon to be released) Bing Visual Search Engine

Get a schmap for your event, activity or tweetup.

(Strangest Sights in) Google Street Views

Three-Colorable Map

(40 Examples of) Incredible Photo Manipulation

Top 10 Mad Scientists in History

(Art Review) 2009 Power 100

(@MaRS) Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Toronto Design Nerds wiki

"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be, the man who thinks, becomes a light and a power." - Henry George (1839-1897)
"I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by." - Douglas Adams
"Your surface is never big enough for your concept." - Anita Aarons-Chambers,
Australian Teacher, Artist (Founding Director of The Toronto Harbourfront Art Gallery)
"The agent, the producer,(the investors; consultants, lenders, stockholders; customers, clients, fans; friends, lovers, support systems...), they have nothing to do with dreams coming true. They're simply summoned after someone's "made up their mind" to the degree that it's followed by unending action (same with accidents and coincidences)." - The Universe
"When we grasp a pattern, we usually get bored with it and iconify it." - Raph Koster, A Theory Of Fun (Via finiteattention)

27 October 2009

Changing the World with Visualization

(Awkward) Zoom Interface

Mapparium : http://atlasobscura.com/places/mapparium (An enormous inside-out glass globe built in 1935)

(Animation) The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Does the Brain Like E-Books?

Competency Process Mapping

The Sierpinski Triangle (JavaTM Version)

Top 10 technologies in graphics

Rice Farmers Create Giant Paddy Art


"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong."- H. L. Mencken
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint." - Oscar Wilde (via @EduifyQuotes)
"The only difference between joyful moments, and others, is you." - TU
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious ; it is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." - Albert Einstein
"Let's skip over the bit where you're late to the party, and just embrace the fact that you showed up at all." - finiteattention

26 October 2009

How to Visualize Meaning

3D Fractals

(Online Book) SYNERGETICS : Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (by R. Buckminster Fuller) 32 Color Plates

Square Antiprism (2 squares + 8 triangles)

Animated .gifs

Customer Images for: Visual Thinking: for Design


(Opportunity) Map? image submission guidelines


Is It Possible The Internet Has Increased Peace?

"To fill the hour--that is happiness." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in the marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I wanted to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it." - Don Juan in Carlos Castaneda's Journey to Ixtlan Via
"I know it's very egocentric to believe that someone is put on Earth for a reason. In my case, I like to think I was." - Art Buchwald
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once." - Jennifer Yane
"I've never metaphor I didn't like." - ?

23 October 2009

Great Examples of Data Visualization (Via)

Anti-Snowflake (Using Java)

Afghanistan Troop Deployment Map Via

(Symposium) Constructive Geometric Reasoning (sponsored by Center for History and Philosophy of Science)

Vissionary Art swarm

Art Basel Miami Spiffs Up

(Book) Lost Symbol (by Dan Brown )

(Videos) http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/The_Hour

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Making Things Fun

"Not all ambiguity is unintentional." - DiscoverMag
"Have you noticed, that the more you hurry, the slower you go? The more you wait, the longer it takes? The more you worry, the less you dream? But the more you live, love, and laugh, the more you live, love, and laugh. Weird?" - The Universe
"The greatest leaders never know that they are being followed." - R.B. Wild
"This cartography is an intermediate or transitory place, the reflection of a world in building site. A country lane growing towards a hypertrophied urban environment." - Aurelien Louis Via
"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

22 October 2009

(ScannedBook) "How maps work" (representation, visualization, and design) By Alan M. MacEachren

TED Talk on (African) fractals (patterns in villages across the continent).

(Video) The Famous Double Slit Experiment

Roger Penrose, not afraid to say that everyone is wrong. http://is.gd/40SBw

(Toronto Digital Art Association) Pixel : Ontario's first gallery dedicated to creating and exhibiting immersive and interactive screen-based art.

(Video) Musical? Stairs

(Song) http://www.last.fm/music/Monsters+of+Folk/_/Map+Of+The+World

Lucid Dreaming

"A pea can be chopped up and reassembled into the Sun." - Via
(Bad Joke) "Why do all Iraqi soldiers carry a piece of sandpaper? They need a map." - geraldweir
"A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong." - Rodney Dangerfield
"Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty, and therefore a mark of maturity. It embraces doubt and loose ends." - AC Grayling, philosopher, 60, London
"If no one responds to your call, go forward alone.
If no one talks to you, oh luckless one,
If everyone turns away from you in fear,
Reveal your thoughts and express your ideas to yourself.
If everyone leaves you while you are travelling a dangerous road,
If no one wants to look after you,
Walk on alone, on the road strewn with thorns, trampling on them with bleeding feet.
If no one shows a light, if in the dark stormy night everyone shuts their doors,
Use your rib as a torch, lit from the fire of thunder." - Rabindrantah Tagore

21 October 2009

How Might We Visualize Data in More Effective and Inspiring Ways? Via

World Sunlight Map (Projection)

(Conference Review) the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)

Google O3D API : open-source web API for creating rich, interactive 3D applications (in the browser from Google).

Fractal Gallery

(Example) MindJet Player

Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs

How to convert a CMYK color to RGB?

How to watch Q2C events online

(Book) The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

"We have it in our power to begin the World over again." - Thomas Paine
"The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist." - ?
"The best mind-altering drug is truth." - Lily Tomlin
"Math deals with the world of ideas, which transcends the real world." - Gregory Chaitin Via
"You're ready to take this show wherever your heart desires." - TU

20 October 2009

Maps of Seven Deadly Sins in America

(Google Maps) Atlantis? Found

New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table

Video Slicing : http://yooouuutuuube.com/ (Example)

(Animation) Folded Art

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage

(Book) The Geek Atlas (destinations around the world where discoveries in science, mathematics, or technology occurred or is happening now).

The reinvention of artist Damien Hirst

Windows 7
(Is Good Enough to Erase Bad Memory of Vista)

The biggest intellectual fights of all time

"The truth is that it is natural, as well as necessary, for every man to be a vagabond occasionally." - Samuel H. Hammond
"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing." -Norman Mailer (Via EduifyQuotes)
"It's only after umpteen lifetimes, a dramatic ascension into peak vibrational levels of light and awareness, and only after "the way" has been meticulously prepared and tests have been passed, that a soul can even hope for the kind of life that you're now living." - TU
"If you really want a mind-altering experience, look at a tree." - AC Grayling, philosopher, 60, London
"Are you doing more of what really matters?" - Stephen R. Covey

19 October 2009

Google Street View goes live in Toronto

Zoom Overlay Example

NYC Marathon Map

U.S. Electric Grid Map

(Example) Use of maps by video artists to narrate a complex and sensitive history

(Video) Folding the Yoshimoto Cube

Government Photos You can Use


Van Gogh’s letters

(Distillery Group) http://www.artiststoronto.net/ArtistsToronto.html

"Subject matter is not nearly as important as the arrangement of the elements into a pattern. (Thus, the abstraction that contains no recognizable object may be a satisfying work of art)." -Ted Kautsky
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell
"God gave us the darkness so we could see the stars." - Johnny Cash, 'Farmers Almanac' Via
"This will start a chain reaction that quickly leads to a digital intelligence far greater than anything we ever imagined." - siowena (Via)
" You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one." - James A. Froude

16 October 2009

, InfoVis, Vast 2009 accepted papers posted

(Animation) What is Google Wave?

(Ribosome) Map Makers Win Chemistry Nobel

(Sightline Institute) Walkability Maps Via (sponsors of Walk Score )

Knowledge Ontario (KO) : http://www.knowledgeontario.ca/ is a collaboration focussed on connecting Ontarians with digital content to support their information and learning needs.

(Video) Classic Books :

(Definition) l "associating" : a cognitive skill that allows creative people to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems, or ideas.

Kandinsky's Heirs

The Art of Personal Reinvention

"Where the Wild Things Are" Tie-Ins (soundtrack is available now for free live streaming from Imeem)

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Via)
"You can't see what you can't see." - TU
"Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul." - Author Unknown
"There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed." - Gandhi
"It's easier to write a novel every year than one every decade. (Daily practice makes all the difference)." - Via @doctorow

15 October 2009

(Verizon’s) “There’s A Map For That” campaign

(Map) Marijuana raids

(Example) Click anywhere on the image to zoom (Click and drag the image to pan).

Are We Living in the Matrix?

(Mindmap of book) "Design Thinking" (IDEO’s Tim Brown)

Scientific Alphabet : http://www.glasglow.com/e2/li/List_of_letters_used_in_mathematics_and_science.html

Teaching "Spatial Justice"

http://www.marthafleming.net/ (interdisciplinary visual arts practitioner) CV spoke at Ambi-valent Objects

Added Amazon customer image

(Painters Keys) Get A Premium Art Listing

"... creative folks need to make a leap of faith and begin to feel that nothing but the successful execution of their chosen art can deliver true happiness." - Harry Bruce (Author; Page Fright--Tools, Tricks and Fetishes of Famous Writers')
"It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts." - K.T. Jong
"I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties, that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just an infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe." - Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov Via
"The most startling and unforgettable thing about the most coveted and loved artists is that they have been inventive, innovative, and 'before their time.' They have trodden new paths." - Faith Puleston, Germany Via
"Stop playing small." - Via

14 October 2009

Amazing Twitter visualizations

Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

Geographical centre? of TO

Fractal Fantasies Game

Photoshop Techniques for Visualization

Training & Development (Conference Video) http://www.cstd.ca/ProfessionalDevelopment/Conference/tabid/222/Default.aspx Program Details Via

(Online) LIFE magazine : http://books.google.com/books?id=R1cEAAAAMBAJ& (over 1800 issues from 1936 to 1972) — are now available on Google Books (Announcement).

Ambigram Grid

New AVG 9 + More (Still Free)

Prestor John

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." - Kurt Cobain
"The big ideas almost never seem like big ideas at first. (So be on the lookout for little ideas that seem like kind of ho-hum, ain't no 'big thang' kind of ideas)." - The Universe
"The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions." - Author Unknown
"Is there any motif so malleable, so ripe for appropriation, as maps? They can act as shorthand for ready metaphors: seeking location and experiencing dislocation, bringing order to chaos, exploring ratios of scale, charting new terrains." - Katharine Harmon Via
"Every conceivable aspect of painting has its roots in copying. Painters are by nature copyists." - Leonard Niles

13 October 2009

21 beautiful Infographic Videos

Ambidextrous Learning

Artist finds inspiration in Google Maps

(Auctions) maps & charts

(Left hand column) Science Blogroll

(Book)"The Map As Art : Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography" Via

Artists Win MacArthur “Genius” Awards

Software Company Ditches AdWords for... Kiva?

(Video) Einstein: His Life and Universe

The earth sandwhich rip off(?)

"Endurance is frequently a form of indecision." - Elizabeth Bibesco, Haven, 195 Via
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." – Confucius Via
"Mute artists are more consistently productive than verbal ones." - Robert Genn
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Via
"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." Dr. Seuss (Via CoachDawn)

09 October 2009

(Video)Visualizing Our World (Chris Jordan's TEDTalk 2008)

Visualization of Amazon Acquisitions/Investments

McDonald's Proximity Heatmap

Masterful hand-drawn mind mappers

A guide to navigating the digital copyright maze


Nationally known artists who use maps or map making in their work, including Paul Berger, Karen Guzak, William Kentridge, Joyce Kozloff, Patrick Nagatani and others. Via

(Trotsky) Biography in comic-book form

Write your own message using a chalk stick on our special chalkboard-like vinyl


"All men should strive to learn before they die; what they are running from, and to, and why." - James Thurber
"What's always there is hard to see."
- katinyourhat
"Picture taking serves a high purpose: uncovering a hidden truth, conserving a vanishing past." - Susan Sontag Via
"Out in the sun, painters are lined up. The first is copying nature, the second is copying the first, the third is copying the second." - Paul Gauguin, 1890 Via
"And most artists at least openly profess not to be interested in what others think about what they do. Instead, I think subconsciously, artists can experience trepidation about moving on, past certain personal pinnacle achievements." - Jeffrey Spalding Via

08 October 2009


http://www.streetwithaview.com/ introduces fiction, both subtle and spectacular, into the doppelganger world of Google Street View.


How To Be Einstein (Without Being A Genius)

(A book that uses digital tools to illustrate the past?) : “The Aztec Templo Mayor: A Visualization” (Via)

Science Tattoo Emporium Via : http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/

In Bb 2.0 : http://inbflat.net/ (a collaborative music and spoken word project)

'Owning' Your Space (Rules to help entrepreneurs with specialized visions become unique providers)

Wall presentation system : http://www.europtimum.com/Galleries/Products/GraphicDisplays/FoldedStyle/Folded.html

Ten things you didn’t know about the TTC

"You've got to be the original because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?" – Bernadette Peters Via
"If we take eternity to mean (not infinite temporal duration but) timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present." -Ludwig Wittgenstein Via
"You were born deserving." - The Universe
"I feel just like a map, Without a single place to go of interest, And I'm further north than south..." - Bryan Adams
"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." - Richard Feynman (via Adam Shand)

07 October 2009

CO2 maps zoom in on greenhouse gas sources

Algorithm Generates a Virtual City in 3D from Flickr Photos Via

Visualizing the National Archives of Australia Collection

Masters of Visual Storytelling (and more)

Science Art (Set)

(Example) Collaboration Blog

(Example Flickr Group) digital artists who use Painter, Photoshop, ... want to meet other digital artists to exchange ideas and put digital art on the map!


Thomas Kinkade : "The Artist We Love to Hate"


"Evolving art is a stellar route to acceptance, by others, and by the self." - Robert Genn
"To be nobody-but-myself---in a world that is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else---means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." - E.E. Cummings (via Adam Shand)
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." - Henri Matisse Via
"Compulsive artistic ‘habits’ form when ideas are seemingly working well, not when they are apparently failing. It is more difficult to willfully jettison hard-won successful findings." - Jeffrey Spalding Via
"Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys." - Gail Pool

06 October 2009

Personas : (an interactive, online 'DNA visualizer') categorizes you from online searches.

visual think map's (Flickr) photostream

The Good of Creative Commons

What is art? (The test is in how it makes you feel)

(Definition) "plate carré"(French, for "flat square") Equirectangular projection way of looking at the spherical Earth as a flat map. Though it distorts area, shape, and angles, it is often used in computer applications because the X and Y axis map directly to latitude and longitude.

(Book) The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

Improv Everywhere

(LibraryMap) Ranked 12 /1078 (by sales?)

"At a certain time in one's life ... (people) want to reinvent themselves." - Lori Lansens
"A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later." - George S. Patton
"I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes hear music." - Ansel Adams Via
" You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the need for discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." - Buddha's Kalama Sutra
"... I stand ever-ready to give you the occasional push, whenever you holler out, 'higher'!" - TU

05 October 2009

Visualizing The S&P500 as a Planetary System

World Sunlight Map : Watch the sun rise and set all over the world on this real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth's patterns of sunlight and darkness (the clouds are updated every 3 hours with current weather satellite imagery).

(Map) Free Wifi in London

(Google’s Latest Ambition) A Universal Commenting System For The Web

The Difference Between Art and Design

Definition of Visualization

(Discussion) Simon Singh : Cracking the Spine of Libel

http://yorkartmeetsscience.wordpress.com/ (blog) http://www.youtube.com/user/artmeetscience)

(Video) Paula Scher (Design/topography) Via

Change the world in an hour

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin
"The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures." - Ben Shneiderman (1999)
"Strange travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." - Kurt Vonnegut (via Adam Shand)
"He calls his work 'authentic forgeries', convinced that original images do not exist and that every image is derived from another." - Luc Tuymans
"The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose." - James Arthur Baldwin

02 October 2009

Mind-blowing maps (and ways to create them)

The Ultimate Uncluttered Tube Map

(SlideShow) Interaction Design

(THE GREAT BOOKS MOVEMENT) A Return to the Classics

Thinking Outside the Grid

MacArthur fellowship aids in Visualization & Perception

(Tour) The MaRS Mission

An Atlas is a traveling exhibition of artists working with “radical cartography”—a practice that uses maps and mapping to promote social change, and that is part of a cultural movement linking art, geography and activism. The participating artists, architects and collectives play with cartographic conventions—geographic shapes, wayfinding symbols, and aerial views—to take on issues from globalization to garbage. (Curators: Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat) Participating artists: An Architektur, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Jacqueline Goss, Ashley Hunt, Institute for Applied Autonomy, Invisible-5,Pedro Lasch,Lize Mogel, Trevor Paglen and John Emerson, Brooke Singer, Jane Tsong,Unnayan

High Park Labyrinth

(Audio) "Judging Distances" (.mp3)

"Artists are beings of imagination. Failure can well be imagined, but so can success." - Robert Genn
"Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance." - C.W. Wendte
" The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next." - Ursula K. LeGuin (via Adam Shand)
"As long as scientists are free to pursue the truth wherever it may lead, there will be a flow of new scientific knowledge to those who can apply it to practical problems." - Vannevar Bush
"When you don't know what to do next, sometimes it's because you've already done more than you give yourself credit for." - TU

01 October 2009

"Crime Map" : uses heatmaps to show real crime data. Via

Seven stages of visualizing data : acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, and interact

The Topography Of Language

Shaking the “Pretty Picture” Stigma

(Conference) AEIMS Congress 2009 (Milan)

Use the arrow keys in the Street View to find Waldo!


Cartographic Imagination is a new show exploring maps as both image and cipher, in media including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, new technologies, performance and installation. The exhibition intends to expand the long history of the conceptual use of mapping in art into 21st century expressions and practice. (Curators: Mark Dean Johnson, Sharon Bliss and students in the Art Department’s Exhibition Design course Faculty adviser: Paula Levine) Participating artists : Michael Arcega, Adriane Colburn, Russell Crotty, Sergio De La Torre, Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather, Paula Levine, Kate Pocrass, Steve Roden, Lordy Rodriguez, Chris Sollars

How to Make Refractographs

Facing the Final Curtain (What artists do when they know they are about to die)

"...growing and following a passion is one of the most rewarding — and genuinely cool — things you can do." - Chris Atherton
"Things fall apart; the Center cannot hold." - William Butler Yeats Via
"... the use of 3D visualization on the web show great promise for education, training, and scientific exploration." - 3d Internet Thrust ARea
"Mistakes are normal and healthy; if there are no mistakes, there won't be any risks, just calculated conformity." - De Mello (mindmapdrawerRT @Quiverymoments)
"In a way I’m doing something that the viewer can’t do himself." - Fuyuko Matsui