Twin de Rooy

Department: Information Design

The Map Tile

What: A study into the possibilities of visualising multiple datasets in digital geographic maps, using the latest technical advances.

Why: Geographic maps for digital screens are still made with an analogue mindset, usually based on a fixed scale. Now that linking multiple datasets is becoming more important, it might be better to stop using this fixed and therefore limiting scale.

How: A map displaying airborne particles in the Netherlands between 2013 and 2016 serves as an example for a new way of map-making. Pixels in the map are given different colours for every year. While zooming in or out, the blend of colours reveals the change in air pollution over time.

“With new tools geographic maps can better represent the complexities of the real world”

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Femke Rijerman