Geography 970

February 21, 2010

The Mad Rush of City life

Filed under: Uncategorized — markharrower @ 9:11 pm

An interesting approach to visualizing the daily flow and pulse of commuters on the 4 major subway lines of Boston. I like that that by not aggregating the data for the entire system, you can see different lines have different timed peaks and valleys, although I’m still worried this defaults to being more “pretty” than “functional”. In fact, despite my love of animation, a single high resolution static graphic showing the full 24 hours *at once* might be much more useful and allow for deeper analysis. Plus WHERE’S THE SCALE BAR? Forgetting stuff like that definitely suggests this is more about “cool” and less about “data”.

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2 Comments »

  1. p.s. Love the “IE user, don’t even bother. It will crash your browser” šŸ™‚

    Comment by markharrower — February 21, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  2. No temporal controls, either — it would be nice if I could slow it down enough to actually compare lines during a given moment.

    Comment by Daniel Huffman — February 21, 2010 @ 9:22 pm


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