cartograms, cartograms, cartograms
Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:14 PM
Pretty cool, and I like the animation. Like the old Worldmapper site, but taken one step (or two) further. I am not sure about the power of the communication though, beyond the gimmick...
Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:30 PM
Sam Pepple was working on a project giving similar cartogram perspectives on oil supply. He had a slick interactive Flash animation setup for it - much like this Show/World thing.
I'd be really interested to find how Desmond is managing the animations between cartograms.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:06 AM
Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:09 PM
I'll ping Desmond and see if he wants to respond.
Speaking of nothing, I have to say that I find that the name is not the best, very low googleability, and doesn't capture what the site is about... or?
SHOW: lean back and enjoy; display of data. Our name covers both these elements. It is indeed different from Dopplr and Cuil, but our aim, our claim to fame is to appear at the Google list top end because of external pointers and traffic...
(early stages, the traffic has yet to build)
The animations between the maps are one reason we do these non-contiguous cartograms additional to the contiguous ones. We developed an algorhytm to calculate the maps, but Action Script can handle the animations between finished maps completely on its own, while with the contiguous maps Flash needs pre-formatted shape tweens. These are very much doable (we did a number of them), but require human editing to be smooth and flawless, and carry kilobites.
The backend straightforwardness allows us to include an unlimited number of animations between maps and to offer animations to our visitors. They can easily embed SHOW Clip in their blogs or web pages. Or supply us with data for their subject to be included.
Eric, the oil animation you mention: it could be ours perhaps?, we did one as a demo Flash site a while ago. It showed oil and gas reserves, and compared those to depletion by consumption and production. I am very curious to see how others treated this subject.
Posted 11 August 2008 - 03:54 PM
Desmond, I really like the resize solution, I called mine "morph", allowing the user at anytime to see the undistorted (or presumably undistorted version) of the world. I think it would be advantageous for the user to be able to keep a small version of the undistorted world in the corner, or possibly the option of a lower percentage opacity overlay.
It is my understanding that dynamic cartography is the only appropriate venue for cartograms, and it is only now that people will fully understand their communicative potential.
"Cartograms are unfamiliar..... we don't learn from familiarity." -Dorling
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