Mapnificent [mapnificent.net] by Stefan Wehrmeyer reveals the specific geographical area one is able to reach by using public transport from any point in a city, and within a given time. The service is currently available for most major cities in the U.S., and for quite a few other cities worldwide. One simply chooses a specific location, or places a draggable pin on the online map, selects a specific time span, and the reachable zone is highlighted on the map.
Interestingly, these time- and location-based queries can also be combined with a ‘traditional’ search for local services, like ‘coffee places’ or ‘musea’. Accordingly, one can figure out a good restaurant that is located within 15 minutes travel time of a public transport bus, for instance.
For those interested, the service is conceptually closely similar to Mapumental.
What we should do is learn why people actually prefer the less ‘effective’ infographic, and apply this knowledge to further the field (e.g. people prefer circular graphs). What we should not do is critiquing a talented designer because a panel seemingly frames his work incorrectly as having complex analytical value.”
— @infosthetics comment regarding Stephen Few’s Teradata, David McCandless, and yet another detour for analytics
via the original post, here’s Rick explaining his process:
I started brainstorming my entry in the airport, appropriately enough. The only tools I had available were the proverbial napkin and a pen, and I started sketching while waiting for my flight.
My infographic is fundamentally a timeline of Inception’s dream architecture, with each character’s trajectory represented. Characters are shown dropping in and out of one another’s consciousness as they progress through the dream layers. I wanted to emphasize the movie’s timeframe premise — that the perception of the passage of time increases with each deeper dream layer. My initial thought was that concentric circles would be a good diagrammatic approach, as the nested circumferences would be able to expand and converge as necessary to reflect the scaling timeframes.
There are also a couple of subliminal aspects to the design, as a nod to some of the popular alternative plot theories about Inception. Limbo is represented as the black void of the background, and the characters enter and exit the diagram from that same black void, suggesting that “reality” itself may only exist within a dream after all. And the shape of the diagram resembles a kicking foot, alluding to the idea that the movie’s events may actually be Mal’s efforts to “kick” her sleeping husband back to reality.