Urbagram – who said that maps can’t be beautiful?


Where is the line between cartography, art and science? What happens when artist/scientist who has no clue about making maps create one? Something beautiful. Who said that beautiful cannot be informative? Each time I look at the visualizations of  the Urbagram I hold my breath and admire. The simples way of thematic mapping – dots but made with such a minimalistic intuition…

Urbagram  is a project by Anil Bawa-Cavia where she analysed and mapped data from Foursquare for a few major world cities. “The modern metropolis can often feel like a social archipelago – fragmented islands of social activity separated by large areas dedicated to commercial workplaces, flows of vehicles, residential sprawl or industrial sites. By visualising the aggregate data produced by these social networks, we can see how social activity in a city is distributed”.

Look and enjoy:

source: Urbagram

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.



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