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Maps and Mapping Resources:
A History of the Sky
Victoria’s Patterns of a Penn Undergrad
NSA Photos, Trevor Paglen
James Bridle’s Drone Shadows
Armelle Caron’s ‘unmaps’ and here and here
Jenny Odell’s satellite maps
Lillian Chou’s M&T course guide
Petals by Charlene Lam
I currently live in Umeå, a city at latitude 63° 50′ N in northern Sweden. Our winter days are short and summer days are long. Using the actual and predicted lengths of daylight for the first of each month in 2009, I created a visualization with 12 “petals”. The outer loop of each petal represents the 24 hours in the day; the inner loop is the length of daylight, ranging from 4h 33m on January 1 to 20h 34m on July 1. The simple lines suggest the passing of time, as well as the promise of spring to come.
In Envisioning Information Edward Tufte describes micro/macro narratives. These narratives are actually small, detailed stories that make up larger coherent stories. “Simplicity of reading,” he writes, “derives from the context of detailed and complex information, properly arranged.” He goes on to describe the rich interface to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that is largely dependent on the chronological rather than the alphabetic listing of the names of 58, 000 dead soldiers. Jan Scruggs and Joel Swerdlow write in To Heal a Nation, that “chronological listing was essential to designer Maya Lin’s vision for the memorial. War veterans would find their story told, and their friends remembered, in the panel that corresponded to their tour of duty…. Locating names would be like finding bodies on a battlefield.” And when names are found, after walking downward into the memorial’s slight grade, visitors see their own living reflections and the names of the soldiers in the etched polished black granite.