Mapping Distortions

19May10

This semester I took a seminar in Processing with Professor Yanni Loukissas, investigating novel ways of mapping cities interactively. My final project for the course was an application investigating the hidden distortions in rationalized transit maps. The app allows the user to display San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York, with a number of different layers of data, and then warp those geographically accurate maps to the geometry of the rationalized transit map. Conversely, one can also warp the transit map to the true geographic projection. Finally the program offers the user a layer of visualization that represents the magnitude of the distortion in a field of dots, in order to make more apparent the inflations and compressions present in the distortion. Click the image below to launch the applet.

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