Category Archives: imagery

Winter Snow Landscape Art

Check out these snow patterns.  This takes a LOT of planning and significant capacitsnow-4y for spatial visualization in the process!  Especially interesting how only with the curve of the road in the lower right do you have any sense of scale.

h/t to Nag on the Lake.

the Golden Era of Visual Storytelling

What I like about this notion of the Golden Era of Visual Storytelling is that it’s seen in the here and now as being special,  and it suggests that we might even consider this period an extraordinary one, even from a future perspective. That its value and worth are widely enough recognized that the energy can go into refinement and production, rather than basic awareness building.

Surely the tremendous growth and maturation of infographics reflects this too.  I think infographics are some where on this Gartner Hype Cycle, maybe on the slope of enlightenment?   Or have they yet to reach that stage, and maybe are still stuck in the disillusionment trough?

Visual story telling is an element of visual reasoning and visual literacy, which is grounded in spatial reasoning and spatial literacy. An idea that will one day reach its own plateau of productivity, I know.  I tried pointing out the spatial thinking behind the visual thinking identified in the ASIDE blog, but no responses yet.


visualize El Capitan’s geology through swiping

I love it when somebody manages to collect original data of something that we’ve all seen before, with new details and insights.  This swipe-enabled image of the geology of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is terrific.

h/t Neotorama

Group Think: Paintings Inspired by Google’s Street View

I think this is cool, the Virtual Paintout.  Each month, the owner of this site (Bill Guffey) chooses a new location (city, island, region, country) and announces the venue. For January 2013, it’s the Isle of Man.  For the rest of the month, anyone in the world is encouraged to explore that site via Street View and create a painting based on that perspective.  Digital versions of the paintings are published throughout the month, as they’re received, and when the contributors can follow the rules.

It becomes a way for artists to promote their work, but it’s also inspiration to explore the imagery further.  Viewing via Street View, versus an overhead, planar perspective, creates a greater sense of place.  We need to see more than rooftops alone.

Atlas of Urban Expansion, documenting growth for 120 cities around the world

New to me, a global Atlas of Urban Expansion, from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Global coverage from 120 cities, looking at land use / land cover changes over the period of 1990-2000, plus 30 cities with more detailed data from the 1800s!

It’s not just my natural tendency to grasp at any (seemingly authentic, authoritative, research-based, value-added, FREE, downloadable) GIS data that I appreciate from this site.  I also like their documentation of their attributes of urban expansion and description of their metrics, so we can see how these data were derived.

Thank you, LILP, for making your work available to us!



photographic scenes from America via Street View

Doug Rickard spent almost two years scanning through Google’s collection of “Street View” images and selected out thousands, some of which are now being shown in an exhibit at MoMA.   At first I was a bit skeptical – having “your” photos exhibited when you yourself didn’t actually create the images. You created the collection.  But the MoMA intro does explain that he mosaiced and manipulated the images, so there was creative production work on his part too. I can think of parallels with other types of artists and “found objects,” but this idea is new to me for photography.

seeing urban patterns over New York

Once you have the habit of mind, you notice patterns everywhere.  Spatial thinking by photographers over New York, duly noted as City Geometry (link to NYT slide show).

Panorama program

This Panoramas site brings out the photophile side of me.  I could spend all day spinning around the pictures.