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Invisible Cities
A project by Christian Marc Schmidt and Liangjie Xia
Invisible Cities visualizes the social networks in the urban environment. It displays geocoded activity from online services such as Twitter and Instagram in real-time and aggregate. Real-time activity is represented as individual nodes that appear whenever a message or image is posted. Aggregate activity is reflected in the underlying terrain: over time, the landscape warps as data is accrued, creating hills and valleys representing areas with high and low densities of data. Nodes are connected by narrative threads, based on themes emerging from the overlaid information. These pathways create dense meta-networks, blanketing the terrain and connecting disparate areas of the city. Through an immersive, three-dimensional information landscape, the piece creates a parallel experience to the physical environment, one of intersections, discovery, and memory.
Version 1.0 of Invisible Cities is now available for the Leap Motion Controller and supports a wide variety of gestures for navigating the visualization. You can download it free on Airspace, the Leap Motion marketplace.
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7+, Intel i3+, 2 GB RAM, 200mb Disk Space, Broadband Internet, Capable Graphics Card.
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16 Feb 2014 - designboom - Invisible Cities Visualizes Social Networks Around The World
13 Feb 2014 - PSFK - If Cities Were Mapped By Their Social Media Tags
12 Feb 2014 - The Atlantic Cities - What New York’s Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It
5 Sep 2012 - DensityDesign, Politecnico di Milano - Visualizing NYC
9 Apr 2012 - Art21 Blog (PBS) - Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures (Take One)
18 Jan 2011 - Parsons Journal for Information Mapping - Invisible Cities: Representing Social Networks in an Urban Context
29 Sep 2010 - Taming Data - Invisible Urban Social Networks Made Visible
9 Sep 2010 - Visual Complexity - Invisible Cities
4 Aug 2010 - Digital Urban - Invisible, Hidden, Parallel Cities: Twitter Landscapes
4 Aug 2010 - NYTimes.com - The Danger, Boredom and Perks of Summer Work
28 Jul 2010 - Co.Design - Infographic of the Day: Twitter Conversations, Mapped in the Real World
28 Jul 2010 - DesignTAXI - ‘Invisible Cities’ Maps Social Networks onto 3D Maps
27 Jul 2010 - PSFK - Mapping Social Networks in A 3-D Environment
26 Jul 2010 - The Creators Project - Invisible Cities: Social Network Mapping Project
25 Jul 2010 - Creative Applications - Invisible Cities [Processing] - Mapping information from social networks to immersive 3D space
Credits
Christian Marc Schmidt (Concept/Design)
Christian is Founder and Principal of Schema, a design studio focusing on the intersection of interaction design and data visualization. Prior to Schema, Christian worked as a designer at Microsoft, Pentagram, and IDEO. Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received widespread recognition. Christian was a visiting professor at the University of Washington and NYU (ITP), and he speaks frequently on his work and design approach.
Liangjie Xia (Design/Development)
Liangjie is a media artist and programmer presently based in New York City. His work explores alternative forms of communication through innovative applications of technology. His experiments vary from interactive data visualization, mobile applications to physical installations. He loves and contributes to open source projects, and hacks with whatever is handy. Liangjie earned a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.
About Schema
Schema is a creative design and technology studio specializing in the visualization of information. We create information experiences that empower people. As a multidisciplinary design studio our work includes software design and development, visual design and branding, information design, and data visualization. Schema is located in Seattle, WA.
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