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Mapnificent Artwork

January 4, 2011

I recently stumbled upon (not using StumbleUpon.com) a great new mapping tool, Mapnificent.  Essentially it allows you to map your mass transportation travel distance in over 30 cities worldwide by time.  How far could you go in 15, 20, 30 minutes, 2 hours?  There is even a tool allowing you to simultaneously map two people at different locations to determine which coffee shop they can both reach using mass transit in 10 minutes for a meeting.  You can watch the tutorial here.

While I plan on using the tool for its intended purpose I noticed a certain kind of beauty in watching the highlighted travel area expand and contract moving the real time, time bar.  Below is a new form of ‘data artwork’ of my 3o minute travel distance in Miami.  A similar output to the inkblot tests, I see a turkey…what do you see?

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