Mapping The Imaginary

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I found this great map of superhero powers at Geekologie.com. As far as I know, there is no established method of categorization or nomenclature for superhero powers, so this map is entirely a product of someone’s imagination (or perhaps a few people’s). Even so, I think the organization is logical and the information is clearly presented. I think this is a very successful graphic overall, though I think the text color could have matched the bubble color. More from Pop Chart Lab here.

Computational Architecture

Michael Hansmeyer explores new procedural approaches of generating architectural forms by utilizing computational visualization tools. Unlike, Sabin however, his forms are generated by less biological means. Check out his web site for more.

Infographic Making Fun of Infographics

An infographic making fun of infographics! Click the image to view larger. Make sure to read the text. It’s very well done.

 

 

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Building as Narrative

Blake Carrington gives a building a new narrative based on its structural composition with his “Cathedral Scan” project.

“Cathedral Scan” translates the architectural plans of Gothic cathedrals into open-ended musical scores via custom software. Treating the plans as a kind of map, in the live performance Carrington navigates through them to create diverse rhythms, drones and textures.”



What’s Mainstream?

This timeline maps the listening trends of last.fm users in New York city and compares those trends to what the world has been listening to.

The graphic does not indicate what the unit of measure is which determines the size of each artist’s progression, however I would assume that the height relates to the number of plays or the number of listeners who frequent each artist.

I would be interested to see a comparison between a U.S. city and the entire U.S. or between two U.S. cities. Comparing one U.S. city to the entire world doesn’t seem like an appropriate comparison. There is no way to sample the entire world since many places do not have internet access let alone access to digital music. A comparison between two metropolitan areas would give a more accurate sample for a comparison of this type.

The one thing I do love about this graphic is its clarity in displaying the differences in what could be considered mainstream music.

A Pro

Stefanie Posavec’s website is a cool collection of  info design. The iphone app she created maps key themes and tags within a book on a circular index by character, subject and emotion. Circular ‘maps’ seem to be popular these days…another design group’s work below

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