The data visualization is showing peoples relationship between colour and space in specific household areas. The concept for the visualization is to design the data of the survey by using the two key elements, colour and space, as tool and canvas to thereby establish a familiar relation between the user and the data. The diagrams use the context of the data to design the data itself and that allows the diagrams to show more layers of information about the statistics.

It is  not a pie chart overlay upon a photo, but data painted on the actual object. I think it is a beautiful example to think about methods that go beyond digital representation of data.


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Taking Measures Across the American Landscape

“Taking Measures Across the American Landscape” is a remarkable book by James Corner and Alex McLean in 1996.  James Corner, the former director for landscape architecture in Penn, is the forerunner of landscape urbanism and international well-known landscape architect.

In this book of his early works, he used collages and notational drawings to represent “dimension” across landscapes. It is really amazing to see how information is represented in a hybrid method with  design aesthetics.

Here are some examples from the book, and the first sample actually shared the same idea with “Scale of 10”.

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image: James Corner, Taking Measures Across the American Landscape

The Shifting Mississippi

In a report for the US Army Corps of Engineers, in 1944 Fisk had completed a mammoth effort entitled, “Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River” (downloadable here). It was his best attempt at tracking the meanderings of the Mississippi’s present and past bends, visualized as gorgeous maps.

Of course, mapping over 2,000 miles of river and its previous structure based on the available physical evidence is a tall order (though Fisk completed the project in three years, which is unbelievable), so many of the colorful curves in Fisk’s maps are a combination of speculation, interpretation, and extrapolation. Nevertheless, his maps are an incredible visualization of a living river.