A project by Christian Marc Schmidt and Liangjie Xia
Invisible Cities visualizes the social networks in the urban environment. It displays geocoded activity from online services such as Twitter and Instagram in real-time and aggregate. Real-time activity is represented as individual nodes that appear whenever a message or image is posted. Aggregate activity is reflected in the underlying terrain: over time, the landscape warps as data is accrued, creating hills and valleys representing areas with high and low densities of data. Nodes are connected by narrative threads, based on themes emerging from the overlaid information. These pathways create dense meta-networks, blanketing the terrain and connecting disparate areas of the city. Through an immersive, three-dimensional information landscape, the piece creates a parallel experience to the physical environment, one of intersections, discovery, and memory.
Version 1.0 of Invisible Cities
is now available for the Leap Motion Controller and supports a wide variety of gestures for navigating the visualization. You can download it free on Airspace
, the Leap Motion marketplace.
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7+, Intel i3+, 2 GB RAM, 200mb Disk Space, Broadband Internet, Capable Graphics Card.
Christian Marc Schmidt (Concept/Design)
Christian is Founder and Principal of Schema, a design studio focusing on the intersection of interaction design and data visualization. Prior to Schema, Christian worked as a designer at Microsoft, Pentagram, and IDEO. Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received widespread recognition. Christian was a visiting professor at the University of Washington and NYU (ITP), and he speaks frequently on his work and design approach.
Liangjie is a media artist and programmer presently based in New York City. His work explores alternative forms of communication through innovative applications of technology. His experiments vary from interactive data visualization, mobile applications to physical installations. He loves and contributes to open source projects, and hacks with whatever is handy. Liangjie earned a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.
Schema is a creative design and technology studio specializing in the visualization of information. We create information experiences that empower people. As a multidisciplinary design studio our work includes software design and development, visual design and branding, information design, and data visualization. Schema is located in Seattle, WA.schemadesign.com