Data Visualization

City Living, maps

The daily commute to work and back might be the last thing you want to see more of, but sometimes it helps to see things in a new light: Here’s your daily traffic torment, subway sardine-fest or bus-stop hustle, represented in candy-colored motion. Michigan-based data wrangler Mark Evans shows us the workday migrations of American commuters using census data so that they resemble a jubilant gathering of rainbow dots, expanding and contracting from each county with the day’s open and close (h/t Citylab).

Check out your colorful commute

City Living, maps

Chatty Maps is an interactive project that reveals what sort of experience your ears will have on specific city streets. Leaflet-based maps of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Miami, Seattle, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and Rome map each city’s roadways, which are colored to correspond to sounds on the street (transport, nature, human, music and building), based on tags taken from social media.

Select your city and find a street on the map (or search for the street of your choice) to view the corresponding sounds. For each street, you also get a data visualization that attempts to track the relationship between street sounds and human emotions. Streets with dominant music sounds, for example, are associated with strong emotions of joy or sadness.

Check the map to find out how the city sounds at street level

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