This passed my desktop during the media blitz that surrounded Hurricane Sandy. It is a live wind map of the US and was crated by digital art duo Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg who are known for their data visualization work.
See the live map here. It’s beautiful.
I have to admit that I am a little miffed. I have been working on a map of my own for the past few months. It inputs weather data from the internet and expresses the values as sounds. It’s different from the map above, but also quite similar. I guess its silly to think that ideas can be owned, and with a population of 7 billion, one or two are bound to bump into each other.
Nevertheless, the popularity that data visualization has gained recently in the art world is exciting. I am happy that most of the projects that I have seen have been represented by pixels on a screen, leaving lots of room for me to flex my 3d skills.