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Shawn Allen, Thomas Apodaca, Mike Migurski, Eric Rodenbeck
Stamen Design
Project Description:
Invisible Dynamics is a research project sponsored by The Exploratorium which explores the meanings and representations of place. Working across the domains of art, design, cultural geography, cartography, information design, sociology, hydrology, marine sciences, and history, I.D. hosts residencies and workshops, as well as developing exhibitions and public programs. Using new technologies for the representation and analysis of spatial information, I.D. investigates the complexities of the San Francisco Bay Region in the context of the Pacific Rim.

As part of Invisible Dynamics, Stamen Design has been exploring visualizations of GPS data generated by Yellow Cab taxi cabs in San Francisco. In these frame-by-frame maps of the locations of cabs in the Bay Area, the city ebbs and pulses like the beating of a heart in a truly captivating sequence. Both visualizations are part of a video where each frame shows 15 minutes of activity in a dynamic map of taxicabs' speed and position. In the first image, speed is represented by the change in color (White: 0 mph Red: >35 mph), while in the second, larger crosses represent faster taxis.

Cabspotting is a product of San Francisco's Stamen Design, a boutique services firm specializing in data visualization, map making, interactive media, and creative technology reinterpretation. You might remember Stamen from such projects as Mappr or In The News / Vox Delicii.

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