Posts tagged "generative map"

Humanity’s effect on the earth

The Anthropocene age illustrated.

Generative cartography

All Streets is a beautiful wall map I ordered from Fathom Information Design a few weeks ago. It shows U.S. streets, over 240 million of them, and nothing else. International borders, mountain ranges and lakes come into focus and are defined simply by the lack of roads in certain spots. The beauty in this, to me, is how singular in purpose this map is, and yet how much more is actually shown.

Can such a map be made of generative knowledge? The user starts with little to no knowledge about a particular subject represented by blankness. As their learning starts, areas of the map are filled in with routes drawn leading to other related subjects. To be investigated…

A thesis exploration by
Christopher Cannon for the
School of Visual Art's MFA
program in Interaction Design

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