“mapping” like mad

27 02 2008

I’ve just used a spanish term – mapping – because it was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw these virtual interactive plans. “mapping” is actually a technical term we use in architecture when we organise information of all kinds – some times the most ludicrous and arbitrary – and shape it into a map that helps us understand better our own project. generally, we would take conditions of the surroundings – physical, social, irrelevant… – and through a whole system of organization we normally make up while having a beer with our friends, we transform it into something resembling a cross between a cartographic map, a states-of-the-art graphic design and a goulash recipe gone wrong. don’t fret, it’s the structures calculations that determine if a building survives or crumbles down, not pre-project decisions.

back to what I really wanted to comment on: I have found a bunch of sites displaying these sort of strange maps. let’s take a look at them.

voyage is a RSS related map, it displays recent news-posts in a sort of hovering cloud, coming forth and fading into the background depending on where you focus the mouse.


burst labs creates a music filter. as you choose tags you narrow the choice of music and get fewer and fewer tracks. you can also listen to about 30 seconds of the music and see the info if you like the piece.


dimvision springs a musicmap from a single artist you enter. from there you can see all musical related material until it becomes a 3D web.


music map

wefeelfine has developed a curious engine in which people from all over the world share their feelings, moods and states of mind. it is very simple to use, the panel [immediately below] allows you to select feeling – long, long list -, gender, age, weather , location and date. but it is not necessary for you to participate really, you can simply take a look at the particles map, each representing a feeling and its owner, with a link to a message [murmur] and a picture [montage]. there are 5 steps clearly explained in the page – which I suggest you read if you’re interested, since surely they explain a lot better that me.

the panel