Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Joy Division Inspired Maps


Peter Saville's design for the sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album is one of the most iconic examples of cover art. The white on black lines of the album cover are based on an image of radio pulsar waves.

Elevation Lines is a Leaflet map which takes inspiration from the Unknown Pleasures album in its design. The map visualizes global elevation data as a series of vertical lines. You can even click on the map to add a profile path between any two points.


This Worldwide Population map also owes design inspiration to Joy Division's iconic album cover. The map uses d3.js to create a map of the world which represents population density by latitude.

The map uses population data from NASA. You can select to view the population densities for a number of different years, which means that you can view how the global population has changed over the last twenty years. The map was inspired by James Cheshire’s Population Lines. If you find this population visualization as beautiful as I do you can buy prints of James' map from his website.
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