Poetics of quantitative notations

For our first project in 302L, we need to find means to draw quantitative data capturing dynamic phenomina on our maps. Beyond the purely rational (and cool modernity) of heat maps, Choropleth mapping, Isopleths, and the world of tufte, there are more poetic means to display quantitative data. Since half of 302L wasn’t in my 203L studio where we created notational drawings that didn’t use conventional symbols, here are some examples of what I’m hoping for.

In the instructions for project 1, I shared this example of map symbols by Bertin (which we need to move beyond – why is a whole other discussion) gotten from an interesting blog post from fellinlovewithdata.com:

I’m really more interested in the poets and intuitive marks that we can make by hand, or through experimentation such as from here (the rest of this blog post has really good rules for what to do and not to do):

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg’s Wind map

Similar is this simulation of oceanic currents:

I really like this one:

I’ll update this post later today


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