Original “Locals vs. Tourists” by Eric Fischer built with the power of MapBox and Twitter data from Gnip. It’s fully-browsable worldwide map of local allegiances. I like how Istanbul looks on the map. Since most of the people were tweeting from the boats you can’t see the borders of the Bosphorus clearly. The data cloud between Asia and Europe is flowing rather than having solid borders. I hope we can see the time-lapse of the visuals in the upcoming versions. You can browse more cities on MapBox project page.
Amazing photo-series on Hong Kong by Michael Wolf that display the density and patterns of buildings. It almost feels like the images are computer generated, then a moment later you realize that people live or work in those buildings. Makes me think about the future of the cities.
The quest on the mystery of Pi number never stops. Visual Techniques advancing, so we can visualize more numbers in the Pi decimals. However, Is there really a pattern in those numbers? Are we going to see a great (holy?) picture at the end? I am not sure about what we are going to figure out but some of these images look like they are purely designed. Even though they are just the visualization of digits. Maybe Pi number has a secret of a design pattern in itself, a great formula? Read and see more on http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/pi/art/
The first comprehensive paper that includes media visualizations, results, and detailed analysis is tilted: Zooming into an Instagram City: Reading the local through social media. It was published in the July 2013 issue of the journal ”First Monday” devoted to internet research.
The paper presents analysis of 2.3 million Instagram photos shared by people in 13 global cities.