Through TED we recently found a great presentation of Hans Rosling of Gapminder about changes in the world over last 200 years. This great moving visual graphic explains how countries have been evolving considering population growth, income and life expectancy. At the Gapminder website you can select a lot of other indicators in the fields of economy, environment and geography. The whole explains how the world has become flat in some ways, but became more diverse and unequal in others. Most curious, as stressed by Rosling, is the impact that income has to health in the developing process of a country.
We sure do love city-related apps. Some of them are for common and community good, some others are just for fun, others are both. Combining street art with crowd-sourcing, 1AM Mobile is such an app. This new, free community-driven photography application developed by San Francisco-based First Amendment Gallery aims to present the world’s street art on one platform.Read more →
More news about art and animals! PIG 05049 is a project by Rotterdam-based artist Christien Meindertsma. She has spent three years on mapping one single pig, with the purpose of not to find out what it means to actually be a pig, but rather to show a pig’s real societal relevance. Actually, a pig in…Read more →
You gotta love this awesome highly detailed hand-drawn map of London. Created by illustrator Jenni Sparks and print company Evermade, the giant A1-size map shows the city’s boroughs and neighborhoods and highlights important and remarkable cultural spots — cool shops, pubs, clubs, local markets, et cetera. I noticed, for instance, the Boxpark pop-up mall that Dan showcased on this blog last year.Read more →
Twitter introduced a new way of communicating, but what’s more interesting, is its data openness. And it all gets even better when Twitter can be used to map local trends distilled from geotagged tweets. Information Aesthetics writes about Trendsmap, which is an interesting Twitter-related initiative absolutely worth mentioning. Trendsmap is a real-time mapping of Twitter…Read more →