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Imaging the Entire Earth Every Day, Tracking Your Trackers, and more
Sharing my latest personal & client projects, art collections, blogs, and more
From visualizing the insane number of trackers that follow us online for the New York Times to revealing how our planet is imaged every day for Planet, a new talk, an interview with the Data Visualization Society, and more!
Imaging the entire Earth, every day | Planet
Planet’s goal of imaging the entirety of the Earth every day became achievable with the unprecedented fleet of small satellites called “doves.” This main visualization I created for them showcases one day in the life of these satellites and the astounding 600,000 images captured on that day. Following the main “flocks” of satellites as white spheres circling the Earth several times a day, and seeing exactly when and where each photo was taken. A second section of the story focuses on the different fleets that Planet has in orbit and their imaging resolutions.
Visualizing Trackers | New York Times
The New York Times had done fascinating research on the insane number of digital trackers that you gather when you browse the web, well, anywhere. This resulted in a large dataset of trackers and metadata about what these trackers gathered and from which domain / company they originated. The New York Times reached out to me to help turn this large dataset into an eye-catching and illustrative visualization that would go in both the printed edition and online, revealing just how much information is being gathered on on the web that most of us never know or ever see.
Voting | Information is Beautiful Awards
I'm exceptionally happy that my "Why do cats and dogs...?" collaboration together with Google News Lab, was chosen for the "Arts, Entertainment & Culture" shortlist of the 2019 Information is Beautiful Awards. Since the winners are decided by public vote (together with expert judges), I would be very honored, grateful, and extremely happy if you would vote for it if you like the project! (it only takes 10 seconds •‿~)
EU deportation flights | Lighthouse Reports
Lighthouse reports was working together with news organizations across Europe to reveal that a massive deportation machine, Frontex, has grown up in Europe in the last decade. Through “Freedom of Information” requests they had gotten information about each Frontex flight that sent deportees back home. They asked me to create an animation that would reveal the enormous growth of these deportation flights in the last few years and reveal the surge in budgets that Frontex now gets to work with, matching the political appetite for forced returns.
New Talk | Visualizing Connections
I've recently created a new talk that goes into some of the more recent projects that I've made. Revealing the (sometimes ugly) truth behind the design process. The common thread they all share; they all tell a story about connections but in completely different ways. From a royal family tree to those existing between UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage to connections drawn in the night skies and more. All types of connections are unique, and revealing the intricacies that lie within them requires a creative, iterative, and custom approach.
Interview | Intricate & Visually Exciting
I recently did an interview with Noëlle and Jason from the Data Visualization Society for its Nightingale publication. Discussing the design of my "Why do cats & dogs...?" project, going into color, my work process, telling complex stories, and more.